Normal service is resumed after my holiday break which was probably needed after a dissapointing weekend before I left. Only Hibs obliged from the 4 bets with the major hiccup being Annan’s home loss to Clyde. Anyway hopefully batteries recharged and plenty of winners to be had in the weeks ahead!!
I had a number of options this weekend with Celtic, Motherwell, Inverness, Cowdenbeath, Falkirk, Raith, Alloa, Dunfermline, Elgin, East Stirling and Montrose all considered. From this list I’ve come down on the side of the following:
Motherwell to beat Hearts – 3/4 Bet365, 1pt double with Falkirk (below).
The well have been in fine form of late following a sticky start to the season, a result of new players needing to bed in. The steelmen should be too strong for a young jambo team who haven’t travelled well this season so far.
Before their defeat at champions Celtic the well were unbeaten in six games and have won all three home games against teams in the bottom half of the table. Hearts return following a shocking home defeat by the previous struggling St Mirren and haven’t won away from home this season losing 3 of their 4 games. The home side with striker John Sutton in good scoring form should land the spoils here.
Inverness CT to beat Partick – 10/11, 2pts Bet365
ICT came unstuck last time out in Perth where they were thrashed 4-0 by St Johnstone but back at the fortress which is Caledonian Stadium I reckon they can bounce back against premiership new boys Partick.
The highlanders had a couple of key players missing for that trip to Perth and other than David Raven are expected to be at full strength this Sunday.
They have won all four home games without conceding a goal and have scored ten goals in the process. Partick are a team who like to play football but lack punch in the final third at this level and although their away record is good on paper the positive results have come at bottom half teams.
The jags have lost both away games against Motherwell and Dundee Utd teams like Inverness who are in the top half of the premiership. Once again home striker Billy McKay will be the one to watch and he should help his team to another 3 points.
Falkirk to beat Dumbarton – 4/6 Bet365, 1pt double with Motherwell (above)
The bairns are a decent young side who seem to be making the most of their new astroturf pitch at the Falkirk stadium. 3 league wins from their 4 home games is a good return and the game they lost came against leaders Hamilton. I believe they can be trusted at a short price to beat a flaky Dumbarton side who are conceding plenty of goals at present. The Sons have lost 4 goals to both Dundee and Raith in their last two games and I’m told by one of my trusted contacts that they were pretty poor in that game with Dundee and are a team to oppose at present.
Raith Draw No Bet to beat Hamilton – 2/1, 1pt Bet365
This is based more on a price call as I have these two sides fairly evenly matched at present. Raith should be boosted by reaching the Challenge Cup final last week and have only dropped two points away from home this season.
Rovers are more impressive going forward than they are in defence with the likes of Joe Cardle and Callum Elliot both well capable of hurting Hamilton’s back four. Accies boast a perfect home record but those wins have come against bottom half teams and Raith are a much tougher proposition for this inexperienced Hamilton side.
They have also proved vulnerable on the road recently losing at Alloa and being held at lowly Morton. The visitors look a value call to at least pick up a point.
Happy punting this weekend.