THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish Cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker gives his first-scorer tips every weekend and challenges punters to pick their own.
There were several winners last week and after a lucky draw mal c is the winner for Berwick’s Blair Henderson at 11-2. Email [email protected] to claim your prize.
Leave your tip as a comment and quote player’s club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish games only – for a chance to win £10 this weekend. Here is Damian with this week’s selections.
He says: We are getting down to the final weeks of the season and there is an interesting mini battle going on in League One for the final play-off spot.
Peterhead and Ayr are nailed on for second and third but just three points separates fourth-placed Stranraer from Airdrie and Albion Rovers who both have a game in hand on Stranraer. And with perfect timing Saturday sees Stranraer host Airdrie in a crucial clash.
It didn’t look as though Stranraer would be in such a position after they lost six of their first eight league matches this season but just two defeats from their last 12 games have pushed the Blues into play-off contention.
It has been a different story for Airdrie who were once in play-offs spot but have won just four matches this year and one of their last eight.
Not surprisingly Stranraer’s early odds of 11-8 didn’t last long and at the time of writing they are 1-1 which I still think is a fair price given the relative form of the two teams and home advantage.
While I think Stranraer will run out comfortable winners finding a first goalscorer is a little tricky as top scorers Craig Malcolm and Jamie Longworth both started on the bench last weekend.
So I’m going for Mark McGuigan who started last Saturday and has four goals from his last seven games. McBookie make him 5-1 to open the scoring.
In the Championship Livingston can condemn Alloa to League One football this weekend with the Wasps needing a result to keep their miniscule chances of survival alive.
Sadly for Alloa fans I don’t think they will get it having failed to win since January 12 and losing eight and drawing three of their last 11 games.
Livi, on the other hand, bust a few coupons last weekend with a 2-1 win at Falkirk and won 3-1 at Alloa at the end of February so are rightly odds on.
Former Wasp Liam Buchanan, who rescued Alloa from the drop last season with his play-off final goal, could be the man to send them down this season.
Buchanan has scored 11 from 22 for Livi this season and is 7-2 with McBookie to score the game’s first goal.
Our final selection is in League Two and I said in an earlier column I would be backing Arbroath now that Dick Campbell is in charge.
The Smokies entertain leaders East Fife this weekend and this match will give us a good idea of the progress made under Campbell who engineered a 2-1 win at title-chasing Clyde last weekend. East Fife are 11-10 favourites for the game but I think the value lies with a resurgent Arbroath at 12-5.
Given the poor season Arbroath have had Bobby Linn’s tally of 11 league goals is no bad effort and he scored in last weekend’s win as well. McBookie make Linn 11-2 to be the game’s first scorer and that looks a fair price.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
McGuigan (Stranraer) 5-1
Buchanan (Livingston) 7-2
Linn (Arbroath) 11-2