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Raymonds Scottish Football Betting Analysis Saturday 19th January

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Raymond returns this weekend after a pretty successful Saturday last week which saw good profits made on his Scottish selections. Here are his suggested bets for this weekend

All suggested bets are rated between 1 and 3 points – the higher means the more confidence I have in the selection. Also all bets are advised before team news is known which can affect the outcome of a game.

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SPL

The top league resumes after a 2 week break and I have one decent selection:

Celtic to win to nil v Hearts – 11/10, 2pts.

The hoops have won their last 4 at Celtic Park to nil and won’t have anything to fear from a Hearts team who haven’t scored in 4 of their last 6 and haven’t hit the onion bag in both games against Celtic either. The bhoys struggled a few weeks back when juggling games with the champions league but now they can concentrate on league business and results have improved.

Division 1

Again just the one selection:

Dumbarton draw no bet to beat Airdrie – 6/4, 1pt.

As I said last week Dumbarton have turned things round under new boss Ian Murray and last week saw the sons shock high flying Partick Thistle with a deserved win. This week they play fellow strugglers Airdrie who themselves produced a shock of their own when winning at second top Dunfermline. At home however the diamonds struggle and have only a single victory to their name at the Shyberry stadium where the fans can be very critical to a young side. On the back of that win last week which followed victories at Morton and Falkirk the sons rate good value to at least come away with a point.

Division 2

Most of my betting activity is likely to be here this weekend with the following selections:

Stenhousemuir +0.25 to beat Ayr – 9/10, 1pt.

Possibly taking a chance with this one but I have seen both sides admittedly away from home but was much more impressed by Stenny than Ayr who lacked much in the way of creativity at Forfar last weekend. The Warriors (Stenhousemuir) have drawn half their away games but two of those draws came at Arbroath and QOS sides who are much better than Ayr and with a small handicap start i fancy Stenny to produce the goods at Somerset Park.

Brechin (-1.5) to beat Albion Rovers – 23/20, 1pt

I’ve been waxing lyrical about the scoring power of the Brechin forwards in recent weeks and I see no sign of it stopping against a poor Albion side at Glebe Park tommorrow. The hedgemen should score two goals at the very least which could be enough as Rovers struggle to score on the road and the home side will be bolstered by the return of skipper Moyes to the centre of defence.

Queen Of The South (-1.75) to beat Forfar – 21/20, 2pts

The same thinking doubled goes for QOS’s forwards with three goals or more scored in their last five games. The doonhammers juggernaut keeps rolling on towards a certain league title and they should score a few again against a Forfar team who weakest area is in defence indeed Queens have already hammered the loons with a 5-1 victory a couple of months back. Scotland’s top scorer Nicky Clark continues to score for fun and I think it’s damage limitation for the visitors at Palmerston tommorrow.

Division 3

My only interest in this section is Berwick at home to Elgin where I think the bookmakers have underestimated the home side who have only lost once at Shielfield. I am however worried about which Elgin side will turn up as on their day the highlanders are a match for any side in this league with a real good striker in Craig Gunn who can punish slack defences with his pace and finishing power. I will watch this one with interest.

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