International weeks seem to last twice as long as any other, but we return to domestic football and a full Scottish card to tempt us to part with our hard earned. It has been a difficult start from a punting angle, many fancied teams such as Morton and Peterhead have had poor results in their opening four matches, so let’s hope for a turnaround in fortunes this weekend.
Clyde v East Stirling
Only the most ambitious of punters would have staked a few quid on East Stirling in the outright market, but ‘Shire find themselves in quite an unfamiliar position, heading the Scottish League Two table. They head along the M80 to Broadwood to take on a Clyde side who have had a decent start themselves, recording two wins from two at home. The price on an away win, however, is too big to ignore, with William Hill offering a huge 9/5 about the away win. Averaging 2.5 goals in their first four games, and a defence that has been particularly strong, aside from a 20 minute lapse at Peterhead, means that East Stirling are worth backing today.
Dundee v Hamilton Accies
It’s almost unthinkable that Dundee could be 8 points behind Accies after just five games, but that could be the gap at 4.45pm tomorrow if the Lanarkshire club maintain their 100% start. The Dark Blues will be desperate to close the gap on the league leaders, and with new signing Craig Beattie bolstering their attacking options (hamstrings permitting), I fancy John Brown’s men to claim the three points. With almost a full squad to choose from, Dundee’s strength should be evident today, despite Hamilton’s impressive start. In Carlo Monti, they have a highly talented young player, capable of winning matches on his own. Supported by experienced players including Rae and MacDonald, the 6/4 on offer about the home win would not have been available pre-season. Bank on Dundee making their strength count with William Hill. The ambitious among us should consider Dundee to win to nil at 10/3 with McBookie, as the Dens men haven’t conceded in 270 minutes of league football.