Misty-eyed dreamers unshakeable in their belief in the romance of the cup will be looking at Stranraer’s clash with Dundee United at Stair Park and sensing an upset. It’s not too difficult to see why either; the Blues are strong on their own patch, where they’ve won seven of their last nine and they’re in buoyant mood given that they’re out in front in the race for automatic promotion to the Championship.
Skybet will certainly have a few takers for the 7/1 they chalk against the League One leaders then but that looks set to be wasted cash as the Terrors can do a professional job in Dumfries and Galloway.
Jackie McNamara’s charges are unbeaten in six and boosted by last weekend’s League Cup semi-final triumph over Aberdeen, they look a cast-iron banker at 1/2 via Stan James to make their extra quality tell in this one.
United have been backed in to 15/8 at Skybet, and even shorter in places, to triumph ‘to nil’ but Stephen Aitken’s side tend to score plenty of goals on their own patch and they’re capable of finding the net in this one.
Ladbrokes’s 3/4 about both teams striking at some stage is worth considering and that can be combined with an away victory at odds of 9/5 courtesy of Hills. More specifically, betway post 10/1 against the Terrors finishing on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline, they’re 11/10 (Winner.com) to be in front at the end of each half and in attack, Paddy Power have installed Nadir Ciftci as their 7/2 favourite to open the scoring.
Dundee United to beat Stranraer 3-1 – 10/1 (betway)