Berwick can take goalfest
Colin Ross previews the weekend's football action in Scotland and fancies Berwick Rangers to see off Elgin.
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Championship favourites Dundee are slowly finding form after indifferent start, and with on-loan striker Craig Beattie finding form and honing fitness, they will look to make it three wins on spin. They may well do so at around 4/5 but that's too short for me to be playing.
Tight matches appear to be the order of day at Alloa and Greenock and goals will at a premium, although the bookmakers are giving nothing away in the match and goal markets.
All four fixtures in League One look tricky with all teams below runaway leaders Rangers appearing evenly matched; one appears capable of beating any other on their day.
One such example is Ayr United as they sit in the play-off spots but have not not won a league match since mid-August and have just two victories from their eight league games.
It is infinitely possible that East Fife may prolong Ayr's winless run but, with six draws between them in 16 meetings, a share of spoils seems likely.
The other three games see the home sides put in as favourites though none represents much value.
There are only two fixtures taking place in League Two and if Clyde can win at inconsistent Peterhead, they could conceivably rise from ninth to second as eight of the teams are within two points of each other.
My bets this week will be in the other match in the division and I'll row in with Paddy Power's offer of evens about Berwick Rangers to take all three points against Elgin.
Berwick are unbeaten at home and Elgin have not won on road and that's before we add the 700 mile round trip for some of the highlanders' squad.
Elgin's first-team pool appears short of depth and I think that there could be plenty of goals as Berwick have scored 12 goals in three home games whilst Elgin have registered 13 in three away matches.
Berwick striker Derek Lavery and Elgin's Craig Gunn were amongst the goals in cup wins last week and both are to the fore in league goals charts, so I think that sportingbet's quote of 6/4 about over 3.5 goals looks generous.
Looking elsewhere, I quite like the look of one or two of the handicaps and think that in the semi-finals of the Ramsden Cup Raith Rovers (-1) look a plausible option, as do Linlithgow Rose (-1) in their Scottish Cup replay.
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