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Bettingpro.com writers offer betting tips throughout the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cups with match previews and best bet columns.
The domestic season in Scotland features two knockout cup competitions involving clubs from the Premiership - the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup - and that means there are two opportunities for the rest of the nation to upstage the big guns and lift a trophy.

Celtic swept all before them 2016/17 as they went unbeaten for an entire domestic campaign to without suffering a defeat, securing the treble in the process. A last-gasp goal from Tom Rogic lifted them to a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen and a record-setting 37th Scottish Cup win - but can they make it 38 this time around or will there be a surprise winner? After all, they likes of St Johnstone, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian (who were in the Championship at the time) have all won this cup in the past four years.

Celtic also got their hands on the League Cup last season, but Rangers remain the most successful team in the history of this competition having won it 27 times, and over the past decade their have been a string of shock winners including Ross County, St Mirren and Kilmarnock. Will it be business as usual this time around or will one of Scotland's other clubs claim a rare piece of major silverware - we will soon see.

And Bettingpro.com will be there every step of the way because we will be covering both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup, proving you with free predictions and betting tips, the latest betting odds and information on how you can watch ties live online and on television.

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SCOTTISH CUP LIVE STREAMING & IN-PLAY BETTING (18+. T&CS APPLY)

One of the biggest changes in football betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live football matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed matches from across the globe every single week, and customers now have access to matches in the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cup.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

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BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE SCOTTISH CUP & LEAGUE CUP

There is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cups, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cup, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? Are matches live streamed? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

Scottish Cup Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is Bettingpro.com's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time...

Scottish Cup Bookmaker Offers

Want to boost your returns or add a spot of insurance to your Scottish Cup bets?

A whole host of bookmakers now offer special promotions for every round of fixtures in the Scottish Cup, ranging from special price enhancements to money back specials, and Bettingpro.com has a rundown of the latest offers available...

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SCOTTISH CUP OUTRIGHT BETTING TIPS

Outright betting on the Scottish Cup & Scottish Cup remains a great way to make a profit while betting on Scottish football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

Scottish Cup & League Cup outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

Scottish Cup & League Cup Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will lift the famous trophy at the end of the Scottish Cup Final/Scottish League Cup Final. The usual suspects – Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen – are at the head of the betting and while a couple of those clubs will be available at backable odds prior to the start of the competition, Celtic’s recent dominance of the domestic scene means there is not much appeal in this market.

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the Scottish Cup or League Cup Trophy. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two teams to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. Celtic may have dominated the scene in recent years, but even the shortest priced final could be available at backable odds because the other half of the final line-up is well and truly up for grabs. But of course, once the action begins, those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach Final

This Scottish Cup/League Cup betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy Aberdeen to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.

SCOTTISH CUP & LEAGUE CUP MATCH BETTING TIPS

Betting on Scottish Cup & League Cup matches has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit?

Bettingpro.com offers Scottish Cup & League Cup betting tips for matches in both of these competitions and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Celtic are 4/7 to beat Hibernian and that price may offer very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back the Hoops to win, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Celtic -2 to win the match is available at 4/1. So what does the -2 mean? It means Hibernian will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Celtic must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Celtic will win by a single goal so you could go Hibernian +2, which is available at 1/2. That means if Celtic win the match 1-0 on the field, Hibernian will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Kilmarnock and Aberdeen will be drawing at half-time but fancy Aberdeen to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Aberdeen, which is currently available at 5/1 This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Celtic to win by 1 goal, Celtic to win by 2 goals, Celtic to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Celtic to beat Hibernian at 4/7, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Celtic to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher, and more appealing, price of 15/4.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Rangers to beat Hearts but want a bigger price than 4/9. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 5/2 on Rangers to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Hearts to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Rangers host Hearts you may be expecting the Gers to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Rangers/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 27/20. It does not matter if Rangers win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even regular goalscorers will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

SCOTTISH CUP HISTORY

SCOTTISH CUP RECORDS

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS: Celtic - 38

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL DEFEATS: 18 - Celtic, Rangers

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Celtic - 57

MOST CONSECUTIVE SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS: 3 - Queen's Park (1874, 1875, 1876), Vale of Leven (1877, 1878, 1879), Queen's Park (1880, 1881, 1882), Rangers (1934, 1935, 1936), Rangers (1948, 1949, 1950), Rangers (1962, 1963, 1964), Aberdeen (1982, 1983, 1984)

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS BY A MANAGER: Willie Maley - 14

MOST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WINS BY A PLAYER: Bobby Lennox - 8

HIGHEST SCORING SCOTTISH CUP FINAL: 7 Goals - Renton 6-1 Cambuslang (1887/88), Celtic 4-3 Queen's Park (1899/00), Hearts 4-3 Celtic (1900/01), Celtic 6-1 Hibernian (1971/72), Motherwell 4-3 Dundee United (1990/91)

BIGGEST SCOTTISH CUP FINAL WIN: Rangers 5-0 St Mirren (1933/34), Celtic 6-1 Hibernian (1971/72)

SCOTTISH CUP WINNERS

CUPS WONTEAM
38Celtic
33Rangers
10Queens Park
8Heart of Midlothian
7Aberdeen
3Hibernian
3Kilmarnock
3Vale of Leven
3St Mirren
3Clyde
2Dundee United
2Motherwell
2Third Lanark
2Falkirk
2Dunfermline Athletic
2Renton
1Dumbarton
1Dundee
1Airdrieonians
1East Fife
1Greenock Morton
1Partick Thistle
1Inverness Caledonian Thistle
1St Johnstone
1St Bernard's

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP HISTORY

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP RECORDS

MOST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WINS: Rangers - 27

MOST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL DEFEATS: Celtic - 15

MOST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Rangers - 34

MOST CONSECUTIVE SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WINS: Celtic - 5 (1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70)

HIGHEST SCORING SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL: 9 Goals - Celtic 6-3 Hibernian (1974/75)

BIGGEST SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WIN: Celtic 7-1 Rangers (1957/58)

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP WINNERS

CUPS WONTEAM
27Rangers
17Celtic
6Aberdeen
4Heart of Midlothian
3Hibernian
3Dundee
3East Fife
2Dundee United
1Kilmarnock
1Partick Thistle
1St Mirren
1Motherwell
1Raith Rovers
1Ross County
1Livingston

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