Scottish Football Tips | 10th January 2015

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SADLY our regular contributor Willie Duncan (@Willie_Duncan) has caught a dose of winter flu, so fellow Scot Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) tries his arm with two picks from north of the border.

Brechin v Ayr | Saturday 15:00

Taking a bit of a punt here, no scrap that, taking a massive punt here by siding with struggling Ayr at Coral‘s 4/1.

They’re up against Brechin, who sit four positions higher up the ten-team table than them and have 11 more points under their belt. The home side are unbeaten since October and have lost just once to Ayr in their last nine meetings.

The Honest Men themselves haven’t won since October and have lost 13 of their last 18 matches since late-August. It’s been a truly woeful season for the Ayrshire club as they sit second bottom of the division. You’re probably thinking, “what have you been smoking Chris?”, “what narcotic drugs have you been ingesting over the Christmas period?”. None at all, I haven’t had a drink since last Saturday and I don’t do drugs!

The reason I’m going to have a small bet on Ayr is the fact that Ian McCall has been brought in this week as their new manager. McCall has had a somewhat mixed managerial career but he’s a big character and can definitely bring some steel, grit, belief and determination into the Ayr dressing room on Saturday.

McCall had excellent spells as manager of Falkirk and Partick Thistle and held the reins at Dundee United in the middle of the last decade. He’s got 15 years of managerial experience, and after four years out the game he’ll be absolutely buzzing to get back here.

Ayr finished four places above Brechin in the table last season and McCall can hopefully inject some belief and impetus into this team. I won’t be fannying about on the handicap markets etc, I’ll keep it simple and have a small interest on Ayr winning at 4/1.

Annan v Elgin City | Saturday 15:00

This selection is far more straight-forward, and far easier to believe in.

I like Annan at 5/6 with William Hill here. For a start Elgin have to travel 261 miles to get to the South West town of Annan, that’s a five hour journey on the road. To be honest, I don’t know if they’re travelling down on the Friday night or the Saturday morning but I think it will take it’s toll on these part-time players.

Elgin are also bottom of the league with just three wins from their 16 league games in 2014/15. Their win against Montrose between Christmas and New Year was their first since October. They were also knocked out the Scottish Cup by non-league Bo’ness United. Yeah, it’s been a rough ol’ season for the Highland club.

Fourth place Annan are in much better shape. After losing their opening three league fixtures they’ve gone on and lost just four in their next 16 and their record at Galabank has much to admire.

On home turf they’ve won four of their last five league games and five in seven overall. Their last home loss was in October and crucially they’ve only succumbed at home to top of the pile Arbroath and third place Queens Park. Elgin are a completely different matter. It’s Annan for me at 5/6 with William Hill.

Best Bets

Brechin City v Ayr United – Ayr United to win (4/1 Coral)

Annan Athletic v Elgin City – Annan Athletic to win (5/6 William Hill)

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Chris first got interested in betting back in 2000 when he began working in betting shops throughout Scotland. He has remained in the industry ever since, specialising in marketing and PR roles. Outside of betting, his interests are listening to Blur and following Queen Of The South.

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      • Quote from Football League Tips January 10th 2015:

        Chris Graham always look so uninterested in these public venue vids, did the same with mr fixit’s interview, too busy scratching his head and molesting his goatee while eyeing up the room as the next man literally babbles only for the tip to fail miserably. Chris, I hope you’re scouring for potential people to replace some of these current tipsters. It was comical when you said “absolutely”, the universal word for ‘I got no idea what you just said, but I’ll agree’. Classic.
        Marco Di Cosmo has had his moment, he’s proved not all Italian’s know about Italian football. This Mark here hasnt a clue either. I forgot your other matey’s names, probably because they dont stand out much. No consistency or thought in these tips. Perhaps you could consider a stats page for your “tipsters”, so the rest of us can decide which one of these people will make us money in the long run.

        But dont worry buddy, if these poor tips continue, I’d also equally look uninterested.

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