Picking out Scottish Football Ante Post bets can be a bit of a minefield, particularly for the lower leagues where the turnaround in squads is very high.
We have already completed our ante post bets for the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish Championship while former journeyman pro, David Farrell, has given us his thoughts on the Scottish League 1 and Scottish League 2 campaigns.
All that remains are the Scottish Football ante post bets for the two lower divisions.
League 1 Scottish Football ante post betting preview.
Dunfermline are certainly the team to keep an eye on here and they have got off to a flyer with 9 goals in their two cup games so far.
Last weekend’s hammering of title rivals, Cowdenbeath, was a real statement of intent from new manager Alan Johnston’s new look squad.
Fayssal El Bakhtaoui has notched 4 of those nine goals and is a very tempting 12/1 with McBookie to finish as the season’s top scorer.
Dunfermline’s price to win the league has come crashing in since their opening matches. Having originally being as high as 8.5(15/2) with Coral they are now a best priced 4.33(100/30) with Boylesports.
It would be hard to argue against Dunfermline taking the title but the same could have been said for last year. While they have got off to an excellent start you could certainly argue that the value in the price is gone.
They have also lost a lot of players but they have signed some quality in the likes of Joe Cardle, Michael Paton and Calum Fordyce. The question mark on Dunfermline lies on whether their squad is full enough for when suspensions and inevitable injuries start to bite.
One team that could upset the applecart is perhaps the most settled team in the division. Forfar haven’t had the turnover of other teams although they have lost Darren Dodds to Brechin and Dale Hilson to Queen Of The South.
Omer Kader is another who left for the victors in last season’s play-off final, Alloa Athletic. Despite them Dick Campbell will still consider his team good enough to try and repeat the feat of reaching the playoff final.
With quality and experience like Derek Young, Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie and Big Rab Douglas he has good reason to believe. They are best priced at 8.5(15/2) with Coral but you could be better backing them with bet365 at 7.5(13/2) for better each-way terms.
Scottish Football ante post betting tips – Scottish League 1
Forfar to WIN Scottish League 1 – each way @ 7.5 with bet365 (1/4 first 3 places).
Fayssal El Bakhtaoui TOP GOALSCORER @ 12/1 with McBookie.
League 2 Scottish Football ante post betting preview.
Clyde are the name on everyone’s lips for the Scottish League 2 title and it’s little wonder. The Clyde valley side have splashed the cash to bring in undoubted quality to their side this year.
Players like Archie Campbell, who has been a regular for Scottish Championship sides for the past five seasons, bring ability to the side and give manager Barry Ferguson a real shot at promotion.
If Ferguson can’t pull it together new signings like Scott Linton, Sean Higgins and Chris Mitchell are likely to head back up the leagues to better things leaving Ferguson and Clyde well behind.
For me, that’s where the question lies with Clyde’s potential. Their manager has done nothing in his first eighteen months as a coach to suggest he can pull a rag tag bag of professionals into a strong unit.
If anything last season’s 6th place finish, just 4 points clear of 2nd bottom East Stirlingshire, should have seen him out on his ear. While it’s refreshing to see clubs giving managers a chance, you can only hope they don’t regret their lavish spending.
So at a best price of 3/1 with Skybet and Boylesports I think it best to look elsewhere for value and potential each-way finishers who will still have a shot at the title.
For me there is one main contender and that is Annan Athletic.
Annan have made a great start to the season by beating League One side Airdrieonians in the Challenge cup and taking Championship local rivals, Queen Of The South, to extra time in the league cup before losing out by the odd goal in seven.
Peter Weatherson bagged two in that game to carry on from last season’s fine form where he scored 21 league goals. At 12/1 with McBookie to finish as top scorer he is worth keeping an eye on.
Not many sides will take anything other than bruised egos away from Galabank this season but plenty will rest on Weatherson’s goals as defensively they are not so likely to be top notch.
You can back Annan Athletic to finish in the top four at 3.5(5/2) with Ladbrokes and that could be a profitable bet for the season ahead.
Scottish football ante post betting tips – Scottish League 2
Annan Athletic to finish in the TOP FOUR @ 3.5 with Ladbrokes.
Peter Weatherson TOP GOALSCORER @ 12/1 with McBookie.