Elgin have the Division Three summit in their sights as they welcome Rangers to Borough Briggs for a top-of-the-table showdown but bookies are confident that the Light Blues will actually extend their lead in the title race, bet365 making Ally McCoist’s men just 1/4 to return from Moray with all three points.
The Black and Whites are 8/1 outsiders at BetVictor to leapfrog their opponents by inflicting a second league defeat of the campaign on them and it’s 5/1 via Paddy Power to finish all square but heading north on the back of four straight league wins, the ‘Gers should have the upper hand.
Nevertheless, with only two away victories to their name McCoist’s boys don’t appeal at such a short price even if they do deserve to be favourites and indeed they might have not everything their own way against a strong City side; themselves in excellent form.
The hosts can definitely get on the scoresheet for starters, given that ten-man East Stirling struck twice against Rangers last weekend and in fact it’s the goals-related bets that offer punters the best value this afternoon.
Ladbrokes for example, post 5/6 against both sides finding the net and even money is available via Skybet for the fixture to produce a minimum of four goals. A couple of players meanwhile, also stand out and it might surprise some that they’re not both in light blue.
Admittedly, it’s hard to overlook Rangers attacker Lee McCulloch, who has bagged six goals in his last four league matches and is sure to be all the rage in the first scorer betting at 15/4 (bet365). However, it’s also worth looking at the other end where Elgin hotshot Stuart Leslie can enhance his reputation.
The 22-year-old has helped himself to six in six outings, notching in three consecutive games to boot and he’s 4/1 with William Hill to add to his tally in this one. Alternatively, the bold can back the City man at 12/1 courtesy of BetVictor to stun the ‘Gers by putting Ross Jack’s troops 1-0 up.