Scottish Championship Ante Post Betting Preview
Make no bones about it there is only one result that will do for Hibs this season. Neil Lennon must guide Hibernian to automatic promotion. For what it’s worth I think he will.
Although they have lost a chunk of the historic Scottish Cup winning side from last season. Anthony Stokes is plying his trade in England. Liam Henderson remains at Celtic, for now. Conrad Logan and Niklas Gunnarson have found pastures new.
But they have held on to the guts of it. Their performances against Brondby in the Europa League suggests they are side of Premiership quality. Not that anyone needed any convincing of that. Some of their preseason friendly results have been just as impressive. Wins over Motherwell and Birmingham City were most noteworthy.
They will be pushed hard by Dundee Utd who will have high hopes of their own. Simon Murray has started his season as their talismanic striker confidently. A hattrick against Arbroath leaves him on eight goals in his last nine competitive matches.
The signings of Obadeyi, Toshney and Bell have brought a mixture of Premiership quality and Championship knowledge to Tannadice. With Ray McKinnon at the helm there is plenty of reason to expect them to go close.
And of course nobody should discount Falkirk. The Bairns have lost a couple of important players in Will Vaulks and Blair Alston. But the signings of Gasparotto, Craigen, Kidd and John Rankin will alleviate those losses.
A slow start shouldn’t dissuade too many people from placing faith in The Bairns. Their home form will almost certainly be as impressive as it was last season. They start their campaign with a home tie against Hibs on Saturday. As ridiculous as it might sound a win there could set them up for a good season ahead.
Scottish Championship Ante Post Betting Preview – The Playoffs
St Mirren have made some excellent loan signings and look good to challenge for a playoff place perhaps at the expense of Raith Rovers. Although rumours have recently surfaced about interest from Hibs in Stevie Mallan.
But even if he does swap Paisley for Edinburgh the loan players that have entered the fray should make up for it. Alex Rae has used his Rangers connections to great effect with the capture of Walsh and Hardie. They should compliment Shankland, Sutton and Clarkson et al.
Their Renfrewshire rivals, Greenock Morton, won’t be left wanting in their chase for a playoff place. The transfer window activity looked underwhelming but was belied by their performances in the League Cup.
Jim Duffy’s side appear to be playing well although they will need to strengthen for a long season ahead. Duffy should utilise the loan markets as the season progresses and they can’t be discounted.
Neither can Queen Of The South who also had a good League Cup campaign. They conceded in just one game away to Partick Thistle. Raith Rovers will also be there or thereabouts but I don’t expect them to have a campaign as strong as last season.
Meanwhile Dunfermline could push everybody close if they can replace the goals of El Bakhtaoui. Gavin Reilly, on loan from Hearts, certainly has form at this level.
Scottish Championship Ante Post Betting Preview – Relegation
At this point Dumbarton look like stick ons to face the drop. Stevie Aitken has a lot of work to do to have any chance of saving them. Ayr Utd would probably accept finishing ninth and putting their survival hopes in the hands of the playoffs.
Scottish Championship Ante Post Betting Preview – Best Bets
Hibernian to win @ 2.1 with bet365
Falkirk to win @ 8/1 with Skybet (each-way)
Scottish Championship Ante Post Betting Preview – Top Goalscorer Tips
Simon Murray @ 6/1 with McBookie
Ryan Hardie @ 20/1 with Coral