In the first Always Bet on Black feature of the season, John Ferguson takes up the bookie slip and wee tiny blue pen to select his bets of the weekend.
It’s finally here! We can forget about all of that other nonsense, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, I’d even cancel the referendum. We don’t need any further distractions, Scottish football has returned for another season.
The first weekend of the season is always notoriously difficult when it comes to choosing your coupon. Players and managers have been coming and going and no one is quite sure how their team will settle or progress throughout the season. Add that to the fact that we have four really tight leagues and with the exception of Celtic, it’s anybody’s game.
So for the first weekend of the season I’m going to try to get some solid bets up that will give us at least a chance of getting off to a flyer.
Rangers v Hearts – Both Teams To Score. 8/11
With Boyd and Miller up front and some decent attacking midfielders, Rangers won’t be short of goals this season. However, moving to a 3-5-2 formation for the start of the season and after a patchy at best pre season, I think they will struggle to keep this Hearts team at bay. Hearts have made a couple of decent signings and the new boy Sow really looks the part. I’m putting this one down for Both Teams to Score.
Dunfermline v Brechin – Dunfermline Win. 4/7
Dunfermline were unlucky not to be promoted last year, pipped in the play offs by a decent Cowdenbeath team. Dunfermline’s first competitive game this year came in style with the majority of the play and a decent win for Jim Jefferies’ team against Raith Rovers. There haven’t been too many changes at East End park during the summer and I think Dunfermline will get their title charge off to a win.
Dundee v Kilmarnock – Dundee win. 11/8
I’ve been really impressed, if not a little jealous from a Partick Thistle point of view, with the quality of players that Dundee have brought in during the start of the transfer window. Two standouts being Kevin Thompson and Gary Harkins, adding to the energetic team from last year. Kilmarnock on the other hand have not yet replaced Kris Boyd and I worry about where their goals will come from this season, Eremenko has quality, but he’s not the Eremenko of a few years ago.
Queens Park v Clyde – Clyde win. 19/20
Queens Park finished rock bottom of Scottish football last year and with few additions to their squad, I’m not expecting much from them this season. Clyde on the other hand have a new high-profile, if inexperienced manager in Barry Ferguson. I’m backing Clyde to get the season off to a win.
Hamilton v Inverness – Both Teams To Score. 8/11
This game could be 6-6. With the style that John Hughes is trying to impose on Inverness and the manner in which Hamilton won promotion last year, I expect goals in this game.*
*Warning. The general rule is that when I expect goals, the game finishes 0-0. Bet this one with caution.
All in this wee coupon will pay a tidy 21/1 and with a wee quid on that, let’s hope to be celebrating with a few free drinks on Saturday night.
Odds were correct at time of publication on Bet365.com. Please gamble responsibly as Scotzine nor John Ferguson are responsible if you lose your house, car and wife if our selections do not come in.