Scottish lower league football returns this weekend with a shiny new sponsor in Ladbrokes. Hopefully the big boys start to rival McBookie and Bet365 in the number of markets on offer for the three leagues, as often value can be found in the more obscure markets on offer. To begin with though, we’ll play it safe with two straight wins.
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Stenny head north to tackle a Peterhead side who will be aiming for a promotion play off spot this term, having fallen just eight points short last season. The Blue Toon weren’t high scorers, hitman Rory McAllister notched just eight goals, and boss Jim McInally has added goals in the form of Shane Sutherland. Balmoor is always a difficult venue for visitors, with six home wins in ten this calendar year, and with Stenny gaining just ten points on the road last season, coupled with a squad that is geared to see an eighth place finish a success, a home win at 5/6 with Coral should get us up and running this season.
Albion Rovers v Ayr United
Saturday will be a special day for all Coatbridge football fans, as the Wee Rovers unfurl their first league winning flag since 1989, but that will be their only reason to cheer as Ayr look to make up for a disastrous 2014/15 season. The Honest Men narrowly avoided a relegation play off with an eighth placed finish, but gaffer Ian McCall has recruited well in Alan Trouten, Paddy Boyle and Ross Caldwell amongst others. The sides met just two weeks ago in the Petrofac Cup, and Ayr were comfortable winners. Darren Young has struggled to add any real strength in depth and could find this to be a long season back in the third tier. Back Ayr United at 11/10 with William Hill.