MyBetBuddy’s Scottish football expert has gone through this weekend’s games from the SPFL and picked out his best bets for Saturday…
Dunfermline vs Dundee – Dundee ‘Draw no bet’ @ 1.80
Dundee are preparing for life in the Scottish Championship after enduring a horrendous campaign last time out and being relegated from the Scottish Premiership after winning just five games all season. The Dee will be aiming to make an instant return to the top flight, and they might fancy Dunfermline as a good match to get the new season underway with. Dunfermline had the second worst home record in the Scottish Championship last season. I like Dundee ‘Draw no bet’ as I fancy them to put the 2018/19 woes behind them and make an instant impact.
Alloa vs Partick – Partick ‘to win’ @ 1.90
Alloa and Partick both had average campaigns in 2018/19, Alloa had the poorest of the two as they finished 8th, just one point above Falkirk who finished bottom and were relegated to League One as a result. Partick finished midtable in 6th.
The two clubs met four times across last season and Partick dominated overall, winning two of the clashes and they were the two most recent meetings. Away from home, Partick picked up a 2-0 win and they have a great chance, as the stronger side, of repeating that this weekend and beginning the new season with a win. They are priced at 1.90 to do so.
Arbroath vs Queen of the South – Queen of the South ‘Double Chance’ @ 1.61
Queen of the South travel to Gayfield Park on Saturday to take on Arbroath, a side they haven’t lost to since 2001. The two sides last met in 2013, a match which Arbroath hosted, and it ended as a 1-1 draw.
Arbroath were promoted last season as Scottish League One champions and now it’s time to see how they will adjust to the Championship. They were beaten 3-2 at home in the Scottish League Cup by fellow Championship outfit Alloa very recently. I believe Queen of the South can also pick up a result at Gayfield Park, they need to have an improved season after finishing second bottom last time out.
Ayr vs Morton – Draw @ 3.30
Ayr and Morton finished side-by-side in the Championship last season yet were separated by eight points. Morton ended up in 5th with 46 points, whereas Ayr finished one place above them and had their chance of reaching the Premiership after earning a spot in the play-offs. That chance quickly evaporated as they were beaten by Inverness over two legs.
Over the four meetings between these two last season, three of the meetings ended in draws – including two 0-0’s. I think there is good value in this being another stalemate at 3.30.
Dundee United vs Inverness CT – Dundee United ‘to win’ @ 1.90
Dundee United and Inverness will both be disappointed that they have to face each other again this season as both sides finished in the play-offs last campaign and will have had serious hopes of promotion. The two clubs crossed paths in the Championship play-offs as Dundee United beat Inverness convincingly with a 4-0 aggregated scoreline in the semis before disappointingly losing out to St Mirren in the final.
United have won four of the last five meetings between the two, including the last three in succession without conceding a goal. They are priced at 1.90 to make it four on the bounce and I fancy them.