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Potential Surprises in the Scottish League Cup

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ENGLAND kick off their Women’s World Cup campaign this morning and the bookies are banking on the Lionesses giving Haiti a mauling.

The minnows are as big as 125/1 with Paddy Power while you have to go to -4 in the handicap to find decent odds on England at 7/5 with the same firm.

There’s better value in the anytime scorer market and Manchester City winger Lauren Hemp appeals at 21/20 (William Hill) if she lands a starting slot.

I’d expect Haiti to sit back in a bid to frustrate England so another bet that catches the eye is the 19/20 on offer at 888Sport for over 4.5 first-half corners.

The Scottish League Cup group stage has thrown up plenty of shocks already and there’s potential for more today with lots of Championship v Premiership ties.

Kilmarnock’s trip to East End Park looks perilous and Dunfermline could be worth a flutter at 11/5 (McBookie) after drawing with Raith Rovers on the road and battering Annan 4-0 at home.

Backing the half-time draw paid off for me in that clash with Rovers and the same bet looks good again today at 5/4 with William Hill.

New Dundee boss Tony Docherty started his reign with a 1-0 win in Bonnyrigg but faces a tougher task on the road at Airdrie today.

The Diamonds are usually good value for goals but Docherty has made the Dark Blues hard to break down so I’m on under 2.5 strikes (23/20, Bet365).

Motherwell’s game with Queen’s Park should be a thriller and combining BTTS with over 2.5 goals in a McBookie bet builder pays 114/100.

St Johnstone and St Mirren both have little margin for error as they bid to avoid crashing out in the group stage for the second year in a row.

The Buddies lost 1-0 at Montrose in their opener and now host an Arbroath side who beat them 1-0 in the League Cup groups a year ago.

The Red Lichties let me down in midweek as they could only draw with Lowland League side Cowedenbeath at home, with a lack of punch up front costing them dear.

St Mirren also look light in attack so that makes under 2.5 strikes a good option at 21/20 (Bet365) while betting against BTTS pays the same price with BetVictor.

St Johnstone crashed 1-0 away to Stenhousemuir last weekend and that has made the fans even angrier about the lack of new arrivals this summer.

Saints now head to League One Alloa, who also got off to a bad start as they lost 2-1 at home to Stirling.

The Wasps always try to attack and that makes them a little vulnerable in defence. Stevie May should lead the line for St Johnstone and looks good value at 6/5 (McBookie) to score.

Super Single Tips

  • Under 2.5 goals in Paisley (21/10, Bet365),
  • Over 4.5 first-half corners England v Haiti (19/20, W Hill).

Match Previews & Betting Tips

Racing Tips

Four selections have been picked out by Rizzel for Saturday’s horse racing.

As always, let us know your best betting tips and predictions for today in the comments section below and good luck with all your bets!



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