SCOTTISH football bible Willie Duncan (@Willie_Duncan) delivers his weekend NAP from the Championship on Saturday evening.
Dumbarton v Raith | Saturday 17.15 | BBC Alba
With Rangers and Hibernian otherwise engaged this weekend and Falkirk kicking their heels, you could be forgiven for thinking that there’s little scope for excitement in the Scottish Championship this weekend.
You’d be wrong, though, because Saturday’s match between Dumbarton and Raith Rovers has got all of the ingredients for a cracking game of football – no, really, it does!
Things couldn’t really get any worse for Dumbarton in 2016 after they suffered a crushing 6-0 defeat against Rangers on January 2nd, but only the most optimistic of their followers could have imagined the upturn in fortunes – at home, at least – that was to follow.
The Sons have gone eight home matches without loss in all competitions – a sequence of results that includes a draw against Dundee in the Scottish Cup and a thrilling 4-2 win over Queen of the South on Tuesday night.
Raith have lost just one of their last 12 matches – against Rangers at Ibrox – and there have been three or more goals scored in four of their last five fixtures.
What’s more, the last meeting between these two teams in Dumbarton ended in a remarkable 3-3 draw as the home side came roaring back from 3-0 down to pick up a point with three goals in the final nine minutes – how’s that for drama?
All eyes may be on the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Hampden but if you’re looking for goals galore, you could certainly do worse than keeping a watchful eye on this one.
Over two goals is available at 4/5 (Bet365) and it is surely worth snapping up here with both sides in fine form in front of goal.
Dumbarton v Raith – Over 2.5 Goals (4/5 Bet365)
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