Always Bet on Black: Let’s forget about the international weekend



Here we go with another tipster column from Scotzine’s Graham Munro. Hopefully after the disappointment of the internationals this will lift the mood with a few successful tips and a smattering of nonsense.

Dundee Utd v Kilmarnock

At last Jackie McNamara can have a decent Saturday night as he settles down to watch X-Factor. Fortunately for him he will have spent 90 minutes watching his side spank Killie and Kris Boyd and that is a helluva size of target to hit.

But like the folk who watch the Simon Cowell flagship show they love the bit when the freakish acts come on. This is a bit like watching the Ayrshire side these days you think they are going to be good and then they start. The travelling fans will be full of hope of entertainment and then the whistle will blow at 3pm.

Tip 1 Under 2.5 goals (Ladbrokes odds evens)
Tip 2 correct score Dundee Utd 1 Kilmarnock 0 (Ladbrokes odds 7/1)

Brechin v Forfar

Not since the infamous Kirriemuir shortbread shortage of 1876 has there been such excitement in Angus as these two ‘giants’ lock horns at Glebe Park.

With the home side yet to win at home and the Loons unbeaten away then form should favour an away win.
Alas this is a derby and anything can happen.

It will likely be a close fought match but it will bridies all round as the away sign keep up their unblemished away record.

Tip 1 BTTS (Ladbrokes odds 8/15)
Tip 2 correct score Brechin 1 Forfar 2 (Ladbrokes odds 7/1)

Dunfermline v Ayr Utd

The poor man’s jambos are riding high in the league and it will be another home win for the Pars.

The Honest Men will arrive in town but it would be a lie to say they have any chance despite hitting five in their last match.

Tip 1 Dunfermline home win (Ladbrokes odds 1/2)
Tip 2 Correct Score Dunfermline 3 Ayr Utd 1 (Ladbrokes odds 9/1)

East Fife v Arbroath

If this was a boxing match it would be Mike Tyson vs Eamon Holmes and to be honest the genial Irishman’s large frame might be of better use in the Red Lichties’ goal mouth than their current goalkeeper.

As the away fans troop away from Bayview they will adopt a Gibraltar-esque approach to their league campaign. In other words they will likely get stuffed most weeks.

Tip 1 East Fife home win (Ladbrokes odds 7/10)
Tip 2 Correct Score East Fife 4 Arbroath 0 (Ladbrokes odds 25/1)

Elgin v Berwick Rangers

In keeping with the X-Factor theme this will be the one at the end where you get the emotional back story. The voice over goes ‘Elgin has tried on a few occasions to make it big but folk just point and laugh’. The camera cuts to Cheryl sobbing at footage plays of desolate fans standing in Borough Briggs. ‘If only they could get a break, to make a better life for their fans’.

The voice over continues ‘They dream of playing arenas like Somerset Park and Central Park. They have done their time playing the clubs in Montrose and Cumbernauld’. The camera cuts back to Simon Cowell who says ‘Elgin, you have potential. It’s four yes’!

Tip 1 Elgin home win (Ladbrokes odds 11/10)
Tip 2 Correct Score Elgin 2 Berwick Rangers 1 (Ladbrokes odds 15/2)


About Author


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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