THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker is back with his first-scorer tips and he’s also challenging punters to pick their own. Every week one person with a correct prediction will be chosen at random to win a £10 bet. Last week there were no winners.
You can comment with your pick here and give any reasoning but to enter the contest you have to email [email protected] Bonus excluders don’t qualify for the prize.
Quote player’s club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish league games only – for a chance to win.
You can choose this weekend from Scottish Cup, Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team, his odds and a reason if you like.
Meanwhile, here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his Saturday selections.
Damian says: “I don’t think I have been more surprised by a scoreline all season than I was when Stirling Albion lost 3-0 at home to Cowdenbeath last weekend.
“I thought the Binos should have been odds on but certainly didn’t play like it and boss Dave Mackay, who had been named as March Manager of the Month, wasted no time in hauling off Callum Morrison and Ross Kavanagh after just 30 minutes when 2-0 down.
“Stirling had won seven of their previous eight games before that loss and I am prepared to think the Mackay hair-dryer treatment will have had an impact this weekend.
“On Saturday they travel to face Elgin, who are in grave danger of blowing a play-off spot having looked nailed on at the end of February. Since then they have gone nine games without a win – losing four and drawing five.
“Because they are desperate for the points to maintain fourth spot bookies have priced them up as if they will win. A common mistake at this time of the season.
“No way should Elgin be as short as 3-4 on the back of a nine-match winless run which makes Stirling’s price of 18-5 way too big.
“I am not going to try to be clever and will stick with Stirling on-loan goal machine Dylan Nguene Bikey who is 13-2 with McBookie to score the first goal.
“Regular reader/s will know I rarely dip my toes into the top-flight stuff as there are bigger mistakes in the lower reaches of the SPFL but I am keen to get involved in the first Scottish Cup semi-final between Premiership Aberdeen and Hibs from the Championship.
“I just cannot believe Aberdeen are 9-10 with McBookie given they are nine points clear of Rangers in third. The Dons have won 12 of their last 14 matches and in a four-week spell from the start of March to early April put together five wins without conceding.
“Compare that to Hibs who finally stuttered over the line to win the Championship title last weekend with a 3-0 win over Queen of the South. Prior to that they had drawn their previous three matches – twice with Morton and once with Dunfermline – scoring just two goals.
“I just can’t understand how Aberdeen are not 4-7 or 8-15 in the 90-minutes betting. And as a result you are getting 15-4 about Adam Rooney with McBookie to score the first goal is way too big.
“Our final selection is back in League Two and for a side who we have been against all season – namely Clyde. Whatever your moral take on Clyde signing David Goodwillie (and this site doesn’t support the move) from purely a betting angle his quality as a footballer at this level makes Clyde a totally different proposition to the team that has struggled to fire for most of the season. His hat-trick last weekend at home to Elgin was case in point.
“On Saturday Clyde entertain Forfar who are really struggling to put the League Two title to bed having looked good things a couple of months ago. The Loons have just one win from their last 10 matches and are way too short at 3-4 which means for the first time this season I feel Clyde at 33-10 rate good value. McBookie make Goodwillie 9-2 to score the opening goal.
“Can you find a winner this weekend!”
Bikey (Stirling) 13-2
Rooney (Aberdeen) 15-4
Goodwillie (Clyde) 9-2
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