THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com – and Damian Walker is back with his popular first-scorer tips.
It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues.
Also leave your pick of first scorers at the end of this article for a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com. There were five winners last week and first out of the hat was Eye on the Prize. Email [email protected] with your McBookie username to claim the prize.
You can choose this weekend from the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team and his odds – and a reason if you like.
Meanwhile, here is McBookie.com’s Damian with his Saturday selections. Last week he got one correct out of three.
He says: We got off to a winning start last weekend thanks to Dunfermline’s Faisaal El Bakhtaoui grabbing the opener against woeful Brechin.
The only mistake we made was copying the SPFL’s spelling of his name as Fayysal but the club website, soccerbase, wiki, etc all have it as Faisaal.
So apologies to the hitman who has now scored a brace of goals in his last three matches and is 8-1 from 12-1 to be League One top scorer. That might still be on the big side.
As we said last week Brechin are a side we are looking to take on this season and their 6-1 home defeat to Pars has hardly put us off that.
They travel to face Ayr on Saturday and the Honest Men have some work to do themselves having been thrashed 3-0 at newly-promoted Albion Rovers last weekend. That was Ayr’s first defeat of the season having already beaten Albion earlier in the Challenge Cup and Brechin in the League Cup.
Ayr will be looking to put a disappointing few years behind them and boss Ian McCall has given a six-month chance to striker Ross Caldwell to put his career back on track too.
A former Scotland youth International, 21-year-old Caldwell made the most of a loan spell at St Mirren and earned a year’s contract.
But he failed to hit it off with the Buddies and was released in January this year before joining Morton only to be freed by them at the end of the season.
Twice-snubbed Caldwell will surely be desperate for goals at Ayr and scored on his debut. McBookie make him 5-1 to grab a second with the first goal of the game against Brechin.
Moving up a league into the Championship and while Brechin’s fortunes seem to have taken a turn for the worse since boss Ray McKinnon left things are looking rosy for Raith Rovers – McKinnon’s new home.
Rovers have won all three games since his arrival this season, scoring a total of seven goals and keeping three clean sheets.
McKinnon has bought well too bringing in three Premiership players in addition to the loan signing of Dundee’s highly-rated Craig Wighton.
On Saturday Raith travel to face Falkirk who had defeated lower-league opposition in the league and Challenge Cups before drawing at Morton (who I fancy for that bottom spot).
Falkirk are 3-4 which seems too short and consequently Raith can be backed at 18-5. With Raith looking possible value for the win Wighton may reward a first goal punt at 10-1 with McBookie.
In League Two Arbroath were shuffled out to 6-1 for the title from 5-1 following their 3-0 home defeat to Elgin.
That was the Smokies’ third straight defeat of the season, albeit the first two coming against higher-league opposition in the cups.
Arbroath are even money to win their trip to face Montrose and on balance that seems short after their result last week.
Remember this is a side that won just two of their last 21 games last season and there must be some deep scars left on those who remain and they are also without star striker Simon Murray who has joined Dundee United.
Montrose are without a win themselves but again faced higher-league opposition in the cups before a 2-1 defeat at Berwick
Montrose’s Paul Watson takes the pens and free-kicks for the Gable Endies and may just be a bit of value at 6-1 with McBookie to score the opener.
Can you find a winner!
Caldwell (Ayr) 5-1
Wighton (Raith) 10-1
Watson (Montrose) 6-1