Stirling's Highland fling
Stirling Albion are the best bet from the lower echelons of the SPFL this weekend, says our expert Colin Ross.
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I feel there's a bit of value to be found in the form of this weekend's main pick, Stirling Albion.
They are quoted at a best of 9/5 but I make Greig McDonald's side around 6/5 shots to win at Elgin.
League Two is one very tough and competitive division and the firms' odds in the five matches reflect this. There's not an odds-on favourite in sight and opinions on the jollies for four of the games are divided.
My picks Stirling have made a decent start to the season and are unbeaten on their travels. The squad has a bit of depth and a strong backbone. Goals have been spread around and the gaffer has good options up front and in midfield with David Weatherston, Mark Ferry and Jordan White all capable, but truth be told others are capable and likely to chip in.
Opponents Elgin also have goals in the front-line but the squad is thin and in need of midfield quality. Mark Nicholson is a miss and still a way from being fit, the talented players who left in the summer have not been adequately replaced and their solitary league victory came courtesy of a scrappy and scarcely deserved 1-0 victory over Clyde four weeks back.
I have a soft spot for the Borough Briggs men and will be at the match on Saturday. It is the Binos I expect to triumph.
Elsewhere across the leagues some sides were involved in tough League Cup games in midweek, none more so than cock-a-hoop Morton who won over 120 minutes at Celtic Park.
It may be down to earth for the leg-weary Ton who face a Dundee side yet to concede a home league goal, but are also waiting for season to ignite.
I have varied views on a few of the other games across the leagues but some are so tight to call they may well be left as a watching brief.
Of course, current form is a close second to value in determining whether to have a bet on any particular match, but I often refer to the words of a close friend and top quality man-manager Steve Paterson, who often says "it's who wants it most on the day".
It would be lovely if this applied to the boys from Stirling on Saturday.
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