Last week was largely a forgettable one with most of our bets being voided due to the stormy weather north of the border and hopefully no one backed the one advice (Forfar) which did run after key striker Gavin Swankie was ruled out, a fact I highlighted before placing the bet.
I myself backed Forfar to small stakes but really should have kept the money in my pocket as most games were played in farcical conditions.
Hopefully we’ll get better weather this weekend and can resume winning ways.
Moving onto this weekend’s bets:
Celtic (-2.25 and -4) to beat Hearts – 2pts and 1pt, 1.75 and 5.25
Hearts are likely to have only ten outfield players available for their trip to the champions and will again have to dip into their youth academy to make up the numbers. The Jambos lost 7-0 to Celtic in the Scottish cup just a few weeks ago when much stronger team wise and if Celtic are at it then this score could be anything. Hearts away results have been poor anyway and they conceded four goals at Dundee United a couple of weeks back. Celtic Park is the last place this young squad want to be visiting this weekend!!
Dundee Utd (-1.25 and -2.5) to beat Ross County – 2pts and 1pt, 1.825 and 3.55
We’ve made a bob or two on the arabs in the last few weeks and I think we can profit some more this weekend when the staggies of Ross County come calling to fortress Tannadice.
United are probably the hottest team in Britain at the moment and you don’t need me to tell you about the incredible number of goals they’ve scored or the attacking options they boast throughout the team.
The Arabs have easily taken care of all the lower teams in the premier league and opponents Ross County have been one of the poorer performers this season especially on the road where they’re without a win this season.
United won the reverse fixture 4-2 in Dingwall earlier but have improved a whole lot since and I expect this to be a comfortable afternoon for the tangerines.
Dunfermline to beat Arbroath – 1pt, 10/11
The pars were a club in crisis following administration but have since gone about their business with minimum fuss and now find themselves second from top of league one behind runaway leaders Rangers. The club has now come out of administration and the future looks much brighter.
Despite those financial troubles the pars have done well on the park this season and are currently on a fine run of results especially away from home where they’ve recently beaten Ayr and Stranraer both of whom are superior to Arbroath. The highlight of these road wins have been the number of goals scored by the pars with nine goals notched in their last three away which has also seen the pars show plenty fighting spirit in coming from behind.
The red lichties are a capable team on their day but these days have been few and far between this season and the Angus side find themselves down the bottom end of the table. Stranraer, Brechin and Stenhousemuir have all emerged with full points on recent visits to Gayfield and I see no reason for Dunfermline not to follow in these sides footprints and further strengthen their grip off second position.
I’m being cautious advising one point here as there is stormy weather forecast and the location of Arbroath right on the north sea is about the worst location you can have for football in such conditions
Happy punting this weekend!