iBet: Daly and Clark – a formidable prospect in Scottish League One
Scottish League One, Rangers Top Goalscorer
Back Nicky Clark at 7/2
The opening weekend of the season is not a time to get heavily stuck in on individual matches and while we let the dust settle I’m still looking at some of the long term markets.
Action gets underway in Scotland as well as the English league with Celtic starting at -25 points in the handicap betting and Aberdeen and Motherwell vying for favouritism at around 3/1 in the ‘Without Celtic’ market.
The introduction of a play-off system into the new Scottish Championship will add spice at the end of the season. Dundee go off the 6/4 jollies to win the division, but only one favourite has obliged in the last six years and the value may lie elsewhere with Falkirk 5/1, Queen of the South 7/1 and Morton a potentially interesting each way bet at 7/1.
Rangers will of course win League One (they are 1/12 on to do so) however I like the look of Nicky Clark to be their top scorer at a tasty 7/2 with Paddy Power. Clark tore it up at this level last season, scoring 32 goals for champions Queen of the South, and it’s easy to imagine him getting even more opportunities in a Rangers side that was hard to watch at times last season but which has strengthened in the forward line in the summer.
Rangers have also acquired Dundee United’s Jon Daly (13/8 favourite in the market) and the pair are expected to form a deadly partnership in a more attacking Rangers side.
Burnley V Bolton is the early televised match today on Sky Sports and if the markets are right you are looking at two teams with very different seasons ahead. The home side are as low as 3/1 for relegation, whereas Bolton are 3/1 for promotion.
On the match odds Betfair Sportsbook offers 8/5 about the home side today, with the draw at 9/4 and 17/10 about an away win. Charlie Austin is 23/20 to score at any time.
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