SCOTTISH FOOTBALL superstar Willie Duncan (@Willie_Duncan) delivers his verdict on the best bet north of the border this weekend.
St Mirren v Dumbarton | Saturday 15.00
This season really has been something of a struggle for St Mirren.
With Rangers and Hibs battling it out for automatic promotion, it was never going to be easy for the men from Paisley, but I expected more – much more – than we've seen from Saints so far this season.
I thought that, perhaps, a play-off place would be within reach but the reality of life in the second tier has been so very different.
In fact, the long-suffering Buddies fans had to wait until the end of January to see their side record their first home win of the campaign.
Home wins, though, proved to be like buses for another followed shortly after – and I've got a feeling that a third successive win on home soil will be delivered when Dumbarton travel to Paisley on Saturday afternoon.
Saints have won three of their last five Championship matches – hardly sensational, but a sign of improvement nonetheless, for before that, Alex Rae's side had won just one of their previous eight league matches.
For all that St Mirren'a home form has been shocking, Dumbarton's form away from home has been every bit as bad, with Stephen Aitken's side having won just one of their last 10 away matches – a sequence of results that has seen Dumbarton manage a measly five goals.
On top of that, Dumbarton may well have one eye on a trip to Dens Park to face Dundee in a Scottish Cup replay on Tuesday night.
Saints could be the beneficiaries if the visitors take their eye off the ball, but with the odds compilers offering even money for a home win, there is plenty of potential for punters to profit too.
St Mirren at even-money to beat Dumbarton with Bet365 is my best bet from Scotland this weekend.
St Mirren v Dumbarton – St Mirren to win (1/1 Bet365)
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