As traditional incumbents of Hampden Park but with an average attendance of less than 600, Queen’s Park’s players and supporters are accustomed to playing in front of 55,000 empty seats.
On Saturday, however, the league leaders travel to a sold-out Ibrox Stadium to take on city rivals Rangers in front of nearly 52,000 punters in the part-timers’ biggest derby game for a generation. It will be the first time the clubs have met since 1991, but it is a local skirmish that traditionally sees an avalanche of goals.
In 1957, for example, Rangers triumphed 6-4 at Hampden before the clubs drew 3-3 at Ibrox later in the season. The following campaign, the Light Blues won 4-2 away and 5-1 at home, and in 1973, the Gers thrashed the Spiders 8-0 in the Scottish Cup.
The last meeting between the sides ended 6-0 to the Ibrox giants and the stats suggest that a deluge of goals could be on the cards when the sides square up again this weekend.
Rangers have scored 14 goals in three home matches in the Third Division this season, but they are yet to keep a clean sheet in front of their own fans. Queen’s Park have scored in all but one of their matches in all competitions so far, including hitting four at Elgin in the league and putting four and three respectively past First Division Partick Thistle and Airdrie United in the League Cup.
With this in mind, betting on another high-scoring affair seems to make great sense here.
You can get odds of 13/10 on more than 3.5 goals being scored in the game, while five or more goals is on offer at 31/10. Both teams to score is available at 7/5, while you will get 6/5 on the visitors finding the net and 1/2 on Rangers scoring enough goals to overturn a 1-0 handicap.
All of these bets would have paid out in every one of Rangers home league games this season and so it really could be a case of shooting fish in a barrel with this one.
The punt that really stands out for me, however, is more than 3.5 goals at 13/10. This looks like being a relatively safe bet while also offering a good return on your money, so it ticks all the boxes.
New bwin customers who register here qualify for a free £20 bet and using that to back more than 3.5 goals in the game will return £46 if successful.
In the 3-way betting market Rangers are, predictably, overwhelming favourites, priced at 3/20 to pick up a victory that could put them top of the table depending on other results.
Queen’s Park will almost certainly still be top of the table if they can win, but the bookies have them at 19/2 to cause an upset, while the draw is on offer at 6/1.