Always Bet on Black: Can Hearts continue their 100% record?


Hearts are currently top of the pile in the Scottish Premiership after a fine start to the season and it looks as though it won’t end this weekend as Ross County welcome Robbie Neilson’s side to Dingwall.

Scotzine tipster Graham Munro gives us his five games of the weekend to bet on and once again has given two tier tips for you to consider. As always Gamble responsibly!

Ross County v Hearts

Not since the days of the mid 80s have Hearts had a team that could seriously challenge for the title and the match against the Staggies will not see the Jambo Juggernaut (ooh alliteration)slowing down. As Edinburgh place host to the Fringe, Victoria Park is likely to witness a vibrant festival of football courtesy of Robbie Neilson and his warriors in Maroon. I just can’t see County having any impact on the proceedings.

Tip 1 Hearts to win (Ladbrokes odds 13/8)
Tip 2 Correct Score Ross County 0 Hearts 3 (Ladbrokes odds 28/1)

St Mirren v Dumbarton

With Buddies manager Ian Murray welcoming his previous charges to Paisley it is likely he will want to get the Buddies Bandwagon (wow more alliteration) back on the tracks after the defeat at Ibrox. With Jamie Langfield signed up as keeper it could mean that the defence gets some serious help.

The Sons will be in buoyant mood after taking the scalp of Hibs, but sadly the men for Edinburgh are rapidly becoming the whipping boys of the league so I would read too much into the Dumbarton victory.

The only benefit for the dozens of Dumbarton fans who make the journey across the Erskine Bridge is that they wont have to pay a toll. However the entrance fee to St Mirren Park should come with a complementary couple of aspirin as it will be the hosts who give their guests a headache or two – even just to make their new boss happy at his previous employer’s demise.

Tip 1 BTTS (Ladbrokes odds 5/6)
Tip 2 Correct Score St Mirren 2 Dumbarton 1 (Ladbrokes odds 7/1)

Falkirk v Raith

The Bairns turned off last week to allow Morton to snatch a point but could almost have scraped a deserved victory at the end but sadly for them John Baird missed vital chances. Raith grabbed victory against Livingston, but I can’t imagine them repeating that feat.
I don’t think they will allow the hosts to roll them over and I imagine that it will be a case of honours even.

While there is one F in Falkirk there is also one D in Dull. Basically ‘Houston you have a problem!’

Tip 1 BTTS (Ladbrokes odds 8/11)
Tip 2 Correct Score Falkirk 1 Raith 1 (Ladbrokes Odds 6/1)

Stranraer v Peterhead

Pity – yes Pity – the followers of the Blue Toon who will travel 200 miles to see their team mugged. The five hour journey home will give them plenty of time to relive the horrors of the day.

Perhaps fans travelling by coach could bring a boxset of Game of Thrones to allow them to unwind from the helluva beating their boys will take. The likelihood is that the home side will demonstrate that they could prove to be title contenders.

Tip 1 Stranraer to win (Ladbrokes odds 5/6)
Tip 2 Correct Score Stranraer 3 Peterhead 1 (Ladbrokes odds 12/1)

Clyde v Queens Park

There was a time when this game was massive in Glasgow. Then again this would been a time when food rationing, rickets and wearing a suit to the match was the done thing. With Barry Ferguson’s men managing to scrape a one goal victory against Stirling they will be on the crest of a ripple as they welcome The Spiders.

However as this is the start of the season and Queens are as unpredictable as the 24 weather forecast in Glasgow it could either be a dull, dreich, damnable derby (ok too much alliteration there) or a European Super Cup-esque goalfest. I will go for the former and will reckon the home side will ration the cheering and allow just a single goal to be scored.

Tip 1 Clyde to win (Ladbrokes odds 10/11)
Tip 2 Correct Score Clyde 1 Queens Park 0 (Ladbrokes odds 13/2)


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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