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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Trip to Albion offers Berwick the perfect opportunity for a rare league victory

Mark Walker's top tips in the Ladbrokes Scottish Football League

Hibernian's Martin Boyle is capable of dominating games
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Ladbrokes Scottish Football League
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There may not be many opportunities to back teams at odds-against when they play Albion Rovers this season and Berwick Rangers can show why this weekend.

Berwick are unlikely to be backed often this season themselves as they will probably finish second-bottom in Ladbrokes League Two.

But Albion's summer recruitment policy of delving into the Scottish junior football scene has proved disastrous.

They appear to be massively out of their depth after nine defeats out of nine this season, scoring only one goal. In four league games, they have mustered just five shots on target.

They have lost by at least two goals in all but one game this season, winning once at their Cliftonhill home since December - and that was when they were a much better side last season.

Yet, despite this shambolic start, bookmakers rated them favourites to beat Berwick at the start of the week.

Rangers are a young side but they have shown signs of improvement recently and had plenty of the ball last week before wilting late on against highflying Annan Athletic.

They won't get a better chance to grab their second league win of the season.

Hibernian will want to get down to business in the league after their European run and they look a tempting price to win at Livingston.

Neil Lennon's side have an annoying habit of dominating games without putting the contest to bed and they would argue they should have picked up six points against St Johnstone and Aberdeen instead of drawing with both of them.

But city rivals Hearts are off to a flying start and Hibs won't want their neighbours to get too far ahead of them. They should have too much for their opponents at nearby West Lothian.

Livingston boss Gary Holt got off a perfect start last week with a thoroughly deserved win at truly dreadful St Mirren.

But Hibs, with Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle starting to run the show, are a different matter and the Easter Road men should prevail.

Morton look overpriced to win at Partick Thistle. They were hampered at the start of the season with a number of key injuries but they are clearing as proved by a mightily impressive win against Ross County last week.

Thistle are treading water following relegation and the loss for the season of key defender and ex-Morton star Thomas O'Ware has hardly helped them. The Greenock club can take the points in Glasgow.

Berwick Rangers
2pts 6-4 general
1pt 17-20 Betfair
1pt 100-30 BoyleSports

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