Following the disappointment of last season, Falkirk will be eager to launch their 2017/18 campaign in style by winning their Scottish Betfred Cup clash with Stirling Albion on Saturday afternoon.
Falkirk went very close to steering their way into the Scottish Premiership at the end of last season, however whilst they finished second in the Championship table behind runaway winners Hibernian, they fell at the play-off semi-final stage with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Dundee United. Will the Bairns bounce back from this disappointing by mounting a serious title challenge in the next campaign? Indeed they might, however of more immediate importance will be their upcoming Scottish Betfred Cup group clash with Scottish League Two side Stirling Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The Binos had a relatively uneventful 2016/17 campaign which saw them finish in 6th position and there is little to suggest that things will be any better in the new season, however a decent cup run would certainly be a boost to the club and they will be confident of causing an upset at the Falkirk Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The bookmakers aren’t too confident of the visitors’ chances however with most firms going 9/1 on Stirling Albion and the hosts massive odds-on favourites at 1/4, however that’s not to say that Albion won’t get their names onto the scoresheet. At this early stage of the season, Falkirk boss Peter Houston may be tempted to field a somewhat second-string side as he prepares for the league campaign and the visitors will see this as a chance to upset the form book. We don’t really expect Albion to win their opening cup match but they can give Falkirk a scare by finding the net at some point and at odds of 15/8, a Falkirk win with both teams to score seems excellent value in what looks a realistic outcome on Saturday.