The focus has shifted from our clubs in Europe to domestic action this weekend, and for Scotzine’s resident tipster Graham Munro he has once again picked his five matches to place a wee bet on, in conjunction with Ladbrokes.
This week Graham provides us with a two-tier tip. The first tip will be a lower odds approach and the second will be the odds for a correct score.
Dundee v Hearts
The Jambos are delighted to be back in the top flight and early signs are positive. The attacking mentality that Robbie Neilson has created has brought two victories in their opening two competitive ties. However there has been a slight naivety in their play which mirrors Fat Les’ Vindaloo lyrics with the immortal line ‘We’re gonna score one more than you’. The eight goals scored against Arbroath and St Johnstone has come at the price of gaps being created at the back.
The gaps will be exploited by a rampant Dundee forward line whose 4-0 demolition of Kilmarnock saw them – albeit after just a single match – rocket to the top of the league. I expect Rory Loy to continue his scoring as well as his clever support play.
Morton v Falkirk
With both teams recording 5-0 victories in the League Cup last week then it would be this could be imagined that this could be a high scoring extravaganza. I believe this will not be the case. Morton’s victory was laboured against Elgin where the old adage of ‘a game of two halves’ rang true. Morton’s Jon Scullion measures just 5’4” was able to use his lack of stature to net twice but Falkirk’s backline will be more than a match for the diminutive striker.
The Bairns notched up their five goals at Broadwood Stadium due to their stadium playing host to a Tom Jones concert. It’s not unusual for the players to feel confident about the possibility of starting their league campaign with a victory even though they are not on the green, green grass of home!
QOS v Alloa
The Doonhamers have started the season in sparkling form but now the serious business of the league gets underway. The disappointment felt at the lack of success in last season’s play-off matches with Rangers will be a distant memory when they continue their scoring form at home to Alloa.
The Wasps have so far struggled in both their cup ties so far this season. A narrow victory in the highlands against Brora Rangers was followed by a trip to the borders where they lost out to Berwick Rangers. Now they get a chance to meet a side not called ‘Rangers’ but nevertheless it will be tears before bedtime for the lads from Recreation Park. This match may need to carry a government health warning for supporters of the away side.
East Stirling v East Fife
You are more likely to find Tina Turner in the queue of Gregg’s buying a couple of yum-yums than finding an East Stirling victory against the Fifers. It’s as plain and simple as that as The Shire have yet to record a win. A mauling at the hands of their arch enemy, Falkirk, in the League Cup meant that morale was always going to be low.
The relatively short journey from Bayview will see the away side bag a few goals and be home in time to watch Casualty – which ironically the hosts will be feeling like they are in.
Stirling Albion v Clyde
The 1973 film ‘Don’t Look Now’ could be seen as a parable for the events that could play out at Forthbank. In the film Donald Sutherland comes to a violent end after he follows a red coated dwarf. (oops spoiler alert!) While it is likely that many fans wished they had spent their afternoon running around the alleyways of Venice, given both club’s unproductive starts to the season many of them had wished they had taken director Nicholas Roeg’s advice.
I cannot see this game being a blood bath though given the recent weather it might be advisable to get your red dufflecoats on should you be mad enough to venture through the turnstiles.
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