SCOTTISH football returns. It’s been a short summer with the World Cup,up and Euro qualifiers keeping us punters occupied and I can’t quite believe the new season is upon us.
Having looked through the full Scottish card League 1 looks like a lottery with the shortest priced team 13-10 – I’ve picked out 2 bets for Saturday and have thoughts on a couple of the League 2 matches.
Hamilton v Hearts (3pm)
Every season when predictions are out on who will finish bottom, Hamilton are usually everyone’s pick (including mine) but every year they prove the doubters wrong. They have lost a lot of key players during the summer though and I can’t see it being anything other than a long, hard slog. Craig Levein has made no fewer than 14 signings this summer at Hearts and they look stronger than last season.
Hamilton have laid a new pitch so hopefully the advantage they usually hold over teams by playing on plastic won’t be evident here.
Taking the Jambos to edge this and get their new season off to a winner. They have better players and a better squad than a Hamilton team who will struggle this season
- Hearts to win
- (47-50, ) (NAP)
League 2 Preview
Annan v Elgin
It was a miserableup for Gavin Price and his Elgin team. They lost all 4 games without scoring and face a long trek down to Galabank. Elgin’s away form last season was brutal and the worst in the league and it’s not surprising with the amount of travelling they do.
Annan are a tough team to beat at home and they were unbeaten in their two homep games against Hamilton and and Stranraer. I’m taking them to continue Elgin’s early-season woes.
Clyde v Cowdenbeath
One thing that has really surprised me is Clyde managing to retain the services of David Goodwillie – the striker could without doubt be playing at a higher level and having scored 25 goals last season they have done well to keep him. Danny Lennon has also brought in experienced journeyman John Rankin who’ll be a good addition at this level – they competed well against better opposition in the League Cup and should go well this season. Cowdenbeath kept their senior league status by the skin of their teeth last season and it will be another tough campaign ahead for them.
- Annan Double Chance
- Clyde win
- Double pays (5-4, )