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Ladbrokes SPFL: Hibs must avenge Sons woe to maintain perfect start

| 09.09.2016

As we steamroll our way through the 2016-17 Ladbrokes SPFL season, a theme is emerging up and down the tables.

Hibernian, Alloa and Forfar have romped off to perfect starts, each already eking out small leads at the top.

Meanwhile eight sides are still in search of their first win of the season.

Let’s get stuck in to this weekend’s action…

Ladbrokes Championship                    

Hibernian stand proud with Alloa and Forfar as the only sides in the Ladbrokes SPFL with four wins from four.

Neil Lennon’s men are 4/9 to win at Dumbarton, but having lost both visits to the Sons last season, it may be worth backing the 31/20 on Dumbarton and Draw double chance.

That could allow Raith to close the gap, with Rovers hosting Falkirk. The last nine contests between these two have been mightily close, with four draws and five wins by a single-goal margin. So we say get on Gary Locke’s men at 16/5 to win by one.

Queen of the South are 3/2 to win at St Mirren, but having lost three times in this fixture last season, it could be wise to back the Saints for a first win of the season at 29/20.

Elsewhere Dunfermline are 2/1 at home to Dundee United, while Ayr will look to pick up their first three-point haul of the year at 7/4 when they host similarly winless Morton.

Ladbrokes League 1

It’s first versus third in League 1 as table-topping Alloa host Livingston, who won both of their visits to Recreation Park last season, scoring three times on each occasion.

With the two sides firing in 28 goals between them already this term, we like the look of over 3.5 goals at 7/4.

It’s second versus fourth too as Brechin welcome Airdrie to Glebe Park. Amazingly the Diamonds have lost only one of their last nine trips to City, and they’re 20/21 Draw No Bet.

Albion host Stenhousemuir with both sides seeking a first win of the season. With Rovers winning only three home games in 2016 and Stenny doing the same on their travels, we’re backing a draw at 27/10.

East Fife are 13/10 to consign Stranraer to a third straight away loss, while Peterhead are 6/5 for a first win of the campaign at home to Queen’s Park.

Ladbrokes League 2

Forfar already hold a four point lead at the top, but that could be trimmed when they head to Annan. The Galabankies have a 100 per cent home record this term, and are 21/20 to maintain that on Saturday.

Third-place Clyde welcome second-placed Arbroath to Broadwood Stadium, and with away sides winning all four of last season’s meetings, it could be worth backing the Red Lichties at 2/1.

Having lost just one of their last seven against Berwick, Elgin could be popular for victory at 17/10 away at the Borderers, while Montrose are 11/8 in their first league meeting with Cowdenbeath for over seven years.

Finally, Edinburgh City go in search of their first Ladbrokes SPFL point at Stirling Albion, and 3/2 says the newbies Win or Draw.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.