Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Cove Rangers vs Raith Rovers Scottish League Cup Football Match Preview And Prediction - July 15, 2016

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Cove Rangers came agonisingly close to entering the Scottish Football League last season, winning the Scottish Highland League with an emphatic performance but then being beaten by Lowland League winners Edinburgh City 4-1 on aggregate, so for now they must remain in the lower ranks of Scottish football.

They were impressive last season though, and they ended the regular season with ten wins from their last 11 games. Their home loss to Cove Rangers is their only defeat in the last 13 matches.

This sort of record is unlikely to be held on to for too long though. They are now facing four matches against tougher opposition than they are used to, with Ross County, Raith Rovers, and Alloa Athletic all providing more than capable opposition to the non-league side.

Raith Rovers had a relatively good season in the Scottish Championship last term. Their 62 point haul from their 36 games put them firmly in the top half of the Championship, which is proving to be very disjointed recently. Greenock Morton in 5th ended 19 points adrift of Raith Rovers, whilst Hibs in 3rd were eight points better off.

They couldn’t do the business against Hibernian in the promotion playoff though, so for now they face another season in the second tier of Scottish football. Overall they will be pleased with how their season went though, and they have continued that with two wins from their last three friendly matches.

Their long term form looks absolutely excellent too, with just two defeats in their last 17 matches in all competitions and 11 victories during that period. They should have no problem dealing with the much lower quality Cove Rangers on Friday.

I’m expecting a comfortable victory for the visitors on Friday as they look to get their season off on the right foot. They have another three weeks before league football starts so will want to give their first team players as much match time as possible, so my prediction is for a Raith Rovers -1 Handicap Win at 8/11 along with a 3-0 correct score prediction at 8/1.

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