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Damian writes: “I’ve got to hold my hands up. In mid-January I wrote off Dumbarton who were in freefall and I just couldn’t see how they would bounce back with their threadbare squad.
“The Sons have since played seven League One matches – winning four and drawing the other three – and have actually won four of their last five games, including a 2-0 win over league leaders Arbroath.
“As a result of this great run they are now six points off the automatic relegation spot which had looked a very real possibility at the beginning of the year.
“On Saturday they travel to play Raith Rovers who must be a great frustration to their fans this season with their inconsistent form. Just over three weeks ago Dumbarton entertained Raith and led until the very last minute of the game.
“Now Raith have home advantage, bookies have them at odds on to win. That price both underestimates Dumbarton’s recent form and overplays that of the home side. In short Dumbarton look too big at 3-1.
“And if they do stay up a large part of that survival will be down to the goals of striker Dominic Thomas.
“In Dumbarton’s last six games Thomas has scored eight goals, including three in his last two matches, and McBookie make him 11-2 to score first.
“In League Two it is getting down to the nitty gritty and we have a huge game as second-placed Edinburgh City entertain leaders Peterhead.
“The visitors will be sick of the M90 come Saturday night as they travelled down to play Berwick Rangers in midweek, followed now by a trip down to Edinburgh. That has got to take its toll.
“That midweek journey to the borders provided one of the shocks of the season in League Two as 16-1shots Berwick Rangers beat Peterhead 2-0.
“Rory McAllister didn’t travel south with the squad as his wife is expecting a baby and his goals were sorely missed but even allowing for his absence that was not a great result.
“If Edinburgh City are to win the title then this is probably a must-win game for them and I make them favourites to win on Saturday but bookies have them as 15-8 outsiders.
“Citizens striker Blair Henderson continues to bang in the goals and has now scored in his last three games and has 27 in total this season. McBookie make Henderson a 4-1 chance to score the first goal.
“Finally, staying in League Two and Annan Athletic have won five of their last six matches, losing the other away to Peterhead (no disgrace there).
“On Saturday they travel to face Clyde and odds of 12-5 don’t seem to take into account their excellent form of late.
“Annan’s Tony Wallace did this column a favour two weeks ago with a 10-1 first goal and he is 13-2 to score first this week.
ANOTHER crucial game in the Scottish Championship tonight As Partick Thistle host Inverness CT at Firhill.
Its an important game for both but for different reasons. The hosts are involved in a 4 way relegation tussle with Alloa, Falkirk and QoS, whilst ICT are battling out with Ayr United and Dunfermline for the last two promotion pay off spots.
Its a match both clubs really need to win but I feel Partick might just edge this. Fancy goals too but juts the home win for tonight's NAP and hopefully I can make it 17 winning NAP's from the last 20 in Scotland
Partick Thistle vs Inverness CT (KO 7.05pm)
This will be a keenly fought encounter and should be a cracking game with plenty at stake for both. Partick can be pleased with their home form since the return of the year which has seen them lose just one of their 6 games. They've beaten Dundee United, QoS, drew with Hearts and were 2-0 up against Ross County before a inexcusable second half collapse.
The signing of Aussie striker Scott McDonald looks to be a great bit of business, the 34 year old has three in three and will play a key role in keeping the Jags in the league.
Inverness have a Scottish Cup Semi final to look forward but it will be all eyes on tonight as they look to overtake Dunfermline and get in the play off spots.
Draws have killed them this season with them drawing 9 times in 1o games earlier in the season which is an incredible stat. This will be a tough game for them though and despite Thistle's lowly position and I just feel the Partick at home will edge this.
I STILL can't believe it – Kazakhstan 3, Scotland 0. It surely has to be the other way round.
It's been branded Scotland's worst performance of all time and it's difficult to argue and Alex McLeish will do well to survive in the wake of the humiliation.
Well done to the one or two who backed against Scotland before kick-off and the dozens who did so after the match.
I maintain it was a huge shock and the Kazakhs are a poor team and we'll get an idea of their quality when Belgium and Russia visit.
Financially the defeat wasn't a disaster as I lost 1.5pts on the Super Single but saw the stake on my moneyback sixfold returned with my other five teams winning as the favourites all did the business.
Other games include Bulgaria v Montenegro, Portugal v Ukraine, Moldova v France and Andorra v Iceland so plenty of short prices in there. I'll check latest team news in the morning before putting up at least one bet.
REALLY do hate the Interntaional break, not only does it significantly reduce fixture card for nearly two weeks, it really impacts momentum clubs have built up and allows those struggling to re-group.
There are 10 Euro qualifiers today and I'm with Mr F on Scotland making it a winning start in Kazakhstan despite a host of injuries.
There are a couple of matches that stand out that should delivery some goals:
Austria vs Poland (KO 7.45)
The hosts have been impressive at home over the last 12 months and have beaten some decent sides in the that time. They'll be looking to continue their strong record in Vienna against a Poland side who had a tough Nations League campaign.
The PoleSs have managed to score though in 12 of their last 14 matches away fom home and still have some good quality in attack.
Austria should manage to get on the score sheet at least once and if Poland can grab a goal this will definitley deliver over 1.5 goals at what i feel is a resonable price of 4/9
Holland vs Belarus ( K0 7.45pm)
After the dissappointment of missing last years World Cup, the Dutch have dusted themselves down and are rejuvenetaed after a terrifc last 12 months. They are not only scoring goals but are competeing with and beating the big guns again.
They've won 7 of their ast 8 at home which includes terrifc back to back wins in thier last two against France and Germany.
Really just a case of how many goals Ronald Koemans's side win by tonight – Thats not being disrespectfull to Belarus who to be be fair are in good shape with just one defeat in their last 10 interantions matches, albeit, they havent played anyone of note in that time
IT'S been a quiet few nights but football sparks to life with the Euro 2020 kick-off.
There are matches from now through to Tuesday with most nations playing two qualifiers.
Scotland are one of those and Alex McLeish is targeting six points from trips to Astana tonight and the Faroes on Sunday.
Maybe I've been drinking, certainly not had too much sun, but I reckon Scotland are a great price at evens with Betfred. I'll post a preview with full reasoning but Kazakhstan have won three games out of 40, beat no one and in their Nations League campaign racked up one win from six against Andorra, Georgia and Latvia.
Scotland won three out of four against Albania and Israel to win promotion and while some players are missing they should have enough to win.
For a Super Single I'm bravely going with Scotland -1 at 3-1 and taking Scotland on a moneyback sixfold – remember you can do five – with Holland, Croatia, Belgium, Northern Ireland and Macedonia. If the Scots let me down on that one I should at least have the stake returned.
Might add a goals bet, Top Treble or running bet. There are just 10 games to look at on Thursday so I don't want to risk too much.
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THREE games that I like the look of today and will list a brief run-down rather than a detailed write-up as time is really limited for me at the moment – folk can make their minds up from there but all are confident picks:
OLIMPIA VS. DEPORTIVO SANTANÍ (11.15pm):
Love the look of this one and although there are no guarantees in this betting lark, I thought the bookies may have learnt a few lessons from their Cerro Porteno faux pas a few days ago…prices are too big here in my humble opinion.
Olimpia will go top on g/d with a win and for me, it's not if they'll win but by how many; the last H2H in October saw Olimpia run out 0-5 away winners and their most recent game saw them.bang 5 past Guarani…a side who drew 1-1 with Santani just 3 weeks ago!
Santani sit rock bottom having let in plenty already this season and ,having conceded 4 and 3 in their last two games, I sense this may be a chance for some potentially great value:
Olimpia Over 2.5 team goals
(6/5, bet365) 4 Points
Olimpia Over 3.5 team goals
(3/1, bet365) 2 Points
Although the most recent meeting between these 2 saw just a straight 4 goals, this could be a bigger score with both sides featuring and KR/KV leading the charge from the off with a penchant for early goals!
Millionarios may be flying high at the top of the A Division but Llaneros have proved they have a goal in them time and time again in recent years despite the domestic step between them – worth noting that each of the last four H2H's have all seen both sides netting!
LOOKS like he's got a new moniker after his latest winning Nap … introducing The Amazing Greg Browning.
He's a betting wizard who conjures up top tips – 16 out of 19 Scottish Naps I believe – and turns pennies into pounds.
It was shortee who dubbed him “amazing” after spotting bookies had made Berwick 5-4 just to score at home to Scottish League Two leaders Peterhead.
Going by the comments loads were on so it's another terrific tip. Must give andymac1980 credit too for backing Berwick at 16-1 to win and 4-1 not to lose.
Hopefully I put some people off backing Peterhead to win because they're not the same side without top scorer Rory McAllister who they have leaned on for several seasons. But I didn't expect a Berwick win when you consider there were 50 points between the teams before kick-off.
Well done to HullShaker for his winners too – him and Greg are in great form and seem to do well on quiet cards.
I prefer more choice and probably the last two nights should have been no-bet days – Wednesday will be for sure unless something flags up when line-ups are revealed for the friendlies between Wales v Trinidad and Tobago and Germany v Serbia.
Over 2.5 goals at Berwick was on my Top Treble which would have been a loser anyway with Ross County going down at Dundee United and Elgin not scoring at Clyde.
The good thing about quiet cards is I've had time to look at the first set of Euro 2020 qualifiers taking place from Thursday-Saturday and my Saturday Super Single shortlist will be posted sometime on Wednesday.
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A match I had previewed on Saturday takes place tonight after falling victim to the snow as Berwick Rangers host league leaders Peterhead in the Scottish League Two.
The bookies aren't giving the hosts much of a chance with them being as big as 14/1 to win and whilst Peterhead should win this, again, i dont believe Berwick should be as big as 5/4 just to score. Anyone can score against anyone in the lower Scottish leagues and previous ventures into this market have been fruitful.
Berwick Rangers vs Peterhead (KO 7.45pm)
League leaders Peterhead have a terrific opportunity to open up an 8 point lead which even Peterhead couldn't blow having had promotion heartache for a number of seasons.
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally won't want a repeat of last yeaR and will targeting nothing other than three points tonight against a Berwick side fighting for their lives to remian in the Scottish league.
Its a horrible fixture to have midweek for Peterhead as they have a 450 mile round trip to Berwick and with teams being part time, it can often be a challange for players to get away from work early to play.
Top goal scorer and goal machine Rory McAllister is missing for Peterhead which is a big plus for strugging Berwick. They don't have a good record against Peterhead but they have scored in 8 of the last 11 meetings at home.
A long midweek trip to Berwick for Peterhead , gives hosts a chance here and im taking them to score at what. 5/4 is an incredibe price at this level just to score
TUESDAY'S a bit busier than Wednesday but not by much as we prepare for the start of the Euros.
There are three league games in Scotland with a decent one in Dundee United at home to Championship champions-elect Ross County and this should see goals.
In League Two leaders Peterhead travel to lowly Berwick and should win but they are weakened by the absence of top scorer Rory McAllister. Clyde, resigned to the play-offs, face Elgin who need a miracle to make the top four.
There are a couple of non-league matches in England and maybe HullShaker will take a look at those and apart from some matches in Northern Ireland there's not much else to look at.
Again I might do a 1pt double or treble after last night's 1pt saw two out of three winners. Greg's Aberdeen reserves and HullShaker's Cerro Porteno won but heavily-tipped Jahn Regensburg lost.
Well done to all the winners especially HullShaker in Paraguay with his Cerro calls and he also tipped both to score at Mansfield v Lincoln.
Meanwhile, with the start of Euro 2020 qualification two days away Coral makes England a 7-1 shot to win the tournament.
World Cup holders France are the 4-1 favourites with Spain and Germany both 6-1 chances.
The Three Lions are heavily odds on, at 1-6, to top their group which includes Czech Republic (6-1 to win Group A), Montengro (12-1), Bulgaria (16-1) and Kosovo (25-1).
England are 2-7 to win on Friday night, with the draw 15-4 and a Czech Republic victory priced at 11-1.
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