OUR Scottish expert Willie Duncan (@Willie_Duncan) has hit the Championship this week for his best bet. “Go Under” he’s shouting.
Cowdenbeath v Alloa | Saturday 15:00
“If you want entertainment, go and watch a bunch of clowns”.
It’s highly improbable that Alan Durban had this weekend’s Scottish Championship fixture between Cowdenbeath and Alloa Athletic in mind when he uttered those words back in 1980, but if the former Stoke City gaffer did, he may well have had a point.
Saturday’s match at Central Park between these two sides doesn’t promise to be much of a classic. Both teams are struggling at the foot of the Championship table and, in all honesty, it really isn’t difficult to see why.
Cowdenbeath’s unexpected 2-1 win over Dumbarton last week will certainly have given the “Blue Brazil” a lift as they try to pull away from the relegation zone, but Jimmy Nicholl’s side are desperately poor.
They’ve won just seven points from 11 home matches so far this season and, prior to last week’s win over the Sons, they had gone six matches without a win and had slumped to back-to-back 5-0 defeats against Hibs and Queen of the South respectively.
For that reason, I won’t be backing them this weekend, but it’s impossible to make a case for Alloa either. They may have received some level of acclaim this season for notable wins over Hibs and, in the Petrofac Training Cup, Rangers, as well as two league draws against the Ibrox side, but those results mask a multitude of sins.
Barry Smith’s side have won just one of their last 20 Scottish Championship fixtures and would be rock bottom of the table had Livingston not suffered a points deduction earlier in the season.
Cowdenbeath have managed only six goals in their last nine league matches, Alloa just two in their last 10 – and it’s hard to imagine a goal-laden thriller when these two sides clash this weekend.
For that reason, I’ll be piling into Paddy Power‘s even money quote for a Saturday snorefest at Central Park. Fewer than three goals to be scored when Cowdenbeath take on Alloa is my best bet from Scotland this weekend.
Cowdenbeath v Alloa – Under 2.5 Goals (Evens Paddy Power)