Last weekend was a good one for us with four of our six bets landing for some good priced winners. On Saturday a late winner from Stranraer’s Stuart Bell made our day as his goal gave us winners both for the outright win and the team goals bet.
Dunfermline backed this up with an easy win at Airdrie however we were foiled by a lucky last minute equalizer at Dens Park for Falkirk and an early sending off for Queens Park at Stirling. St Mirren made it a nice weekend though with their victory over Ross County on Sunday.
Onto this weekend and my selections are:
Dundee Utd (-1 Asian Hcap) to beat Partick – 2pts, 6/5 Bet365
Looking at both teams home and away stats this isn’t an obvious choice however there are factors here that are too strong to ignore. Firstly United are a vastly improving young side who are on the crest of a wave and playing with real confidence. Their last outing at Motherwell saw them run out easy 4-0 winners which was the biggest margin of victory by an away team this season.
Make no mistake the arabs were worthy of even more in that game and the attacking strength that they boast is blowing opposition away at present. Other than the win at Motherwell this is a team who have smashed both St Mirren and Partick 4-0 and 4-1 in recent home games and the tangerines were just seconds away from a memorable win at champions Celtic three weeks back.
Partick have done well away from home this season but seem to have hit the buffers in the last few weeks with heavy losses to St Mirren (0-3) and Aberdeen (0-4) which backed up by their previous heavy loss against United doesn’t bode well for a trip to the city of discovery this weekend.
Falkirk (-1 Asian Hcap) to beat Cowdenbeath – 2pts, 2.025 Bet365
The bairns have managed to get some key players back in the last couple of games and this is reflected in their results. A big 4-1 home win over Livingston was followed up by a deserved draw at Dundee last week where home keeper Kyle Letheren saved his team on numerous occasions.
Falkirk like Dundee Utd are a promising young side but crucially have some experienced players in important positions. I’m told the loan signing of ex player Marc Miller has made a big difference to the midfield giving the team some vital guidance and leadership. The bairns also have two exciting forwards in Rory Loy and Phillip Roberts and both players should have the platform to excel tomorrow.
Cowdenbeath are a bad away side with four losses from six and have lost their last three games. I don’t see them cutting much ice against an in form and full strength Falkirk side at the New Falkirk stadium tomorrow.
Queen Of The South Draw No Bet to beat Raith Rovers – 6/4, 1pt Bet365
The Doonhammers look a little overpriced for me here and can at leat take a point from their trip to Kirkcaldy. After a fantastic victory over the then title favourites Dundee on the opening day of the season Queens were expected to challenge at the top end of the table however things haven’t gone to plan since and they find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
The Dumfries men are though on their day a match for every team in this league and have recently won at Alloa (beat Raith last week) and managed to take premier league Hearts to penalties in a recent cup tie. It was in defeat however that they impressed me when they were unlucky to go down to Dundee in a game I saw a few weeks back. The Doonhammers played well that day and it took a fantastic strike to beat them late on, I liked the way they knocked the ball about and going forward they have some real dangerous players who can cause plenty of problems to the Rovers defence this week.
Raith have lost their last two games albeit away from home and there’s a possibility they could be vulnerable here on the back of those losses. At the prices I think Queens are worth going with to small stakes.
Happy punting this weekend.