One mighty Livingston will be hoping they can continue to avoid the perils of part-time football and justify their place at the top of the standings when it comes to Scottish Second Division betting.
The men from West Lothian cantered to the Division 3 title last season under manager Gary Bolan. And it was a safe bet as they were the only full-time club in the bottom tier of the Scottish League.
But now they find themselves in Scottish Division two with any number of powerful, established part-time clubs fighting to be top of the standings.
Scottish League Division 2 is dominated by clubs from the east of the country, from Fife in the south to Buchan in the north. Hard men, hard teams, fighting the climate and conditions for a pittance of a reward.
Peterhead have a manager in Neale Cooper who enjoyed European success with Aberdeen and also produced results with clubs south of the border. The odds are the man known as Tattie will have the Blue Toon fit, organised and determined to continue their march up the tables to finally take a place in the second tier of the Scottish game for the first time, only a few years after they were playing in the Highland League.
But Scottish Division 2 betting will be full of opportunities, especially with the number of free bets on offer from online bookmakers.
Forfar kept on Livingstone’s coat-tails throughout last season and earned promotion through the play-offs. Many will not expect them to have much of an impact in Scottish Division 2 betting this season, but in manager Dick Campbell they have a coach who has been over the course for many years in both full and part-time football and predictions they will be down among the dead men when the tables are settled are wide of the mark.
One of Campbell’s former clubs, Brechin City, will feature high up in the betting. With manager Jim Duffy having departed in the summer , Jim Weir has been tasked with the job of once more leading City up the table and it’s a safe bet the Glebe Park men, with striker Rory McAllister leading the line once more, should be well placed in Scottish Division 2 betting.
Clubs from the west of the country, Dumbarton, Airdrie and Ayr, are likely to squeezed out of the leading places in Scottish Second Division betting.
But the Diamonds will rebuild after a disappointing campaign. As one online bookmaker said: “Scottish Second Division betting is wide open. There is only one full-time club in Livingston, so it’s a division which is unpredictable. This means it’s well worth making use of any free bet on offer. Be a courageous predictor. It is obvious Livingston are going to be the favourites, but with so many part-time clubs who can sometimes struggle to field a full squad of players, especially for midweek matches, Scottish Second Division betting is as much about availability as it is ability.
Punters seeking value from their internet bets should keep one eye on the UK weather. The worst winter in more than half a century took its toll among the favourites in Scottish 2nd Division betting last term, ensuring that results are often about who has the freshest squad, and the most players, for what is usually a gruelling end to the season.
East Fife have a player-manager in Stevie Crawford of proven pedigree, but betting they will be pushing for promotion may be optimistic.
They struggled last season, and it is a safe bet there are any number of other teams who will be able to mount a sustained challenge, and provide reward for those interested in Scottish Second Division bets.