THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish Cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker is returned last week with his first-scorer tips and did well. He’s also challenging punters to pick their own. Every week one punter with a correct prediction will be chosen at random to win a £10 bet. Last week there were no winners emailed to me.
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 games only – for a chance to win.
Here is Damian with this weekend’s selections.
He says: No first scorer winners last weekend sadly as Stephen Dobbie’s first-half goal came half an hour too late as Queen of the South thrashed Ayr 4-1.
I think it is worth sticking with the Doonhamers on Saturday as they have already shown this season they will be a match for most in the division.
McBookie quote Queen of the South at 5-2 for a top-four finish. They were 20 points off fourth-place last season but just a point away from fifth and could easily make up that fourth spot this year in a weaker league.
Queens’ manager Gavin Skelton has done some decent business since taking over permanently from James Fowler such as bringing back Dobbie and his signing of Lyndon Dykes could be an inspired move.
The 20-year-old Australian striker has hit the ground running this season with back-to-back goals in wins over Hibs and Ayr. Presumably swapping the Gold Coast in Australia for the Scotland’s Solway Coast hasn’t had an adverse effect.
And for those wanting to check out Dykes in action there’s a full show-reel of all his goals Down Under on You Tube.
Queen of the South face Falkirk on Saturday with the Bairns having two wins against lower-league opposition in the Cup but no wins in their other games.
I fancy Queens to take all three points against the Bairns on and Dykes to score the opener at a decent-looking 8-1 with McBookie.
It is time to call for the men in white coats because my next selection comes from a side that have shipped 10 goals in their last two League One matches.
Stranraer have been thrashed 5-1 and 5-2 by Livingston and then Alloa last weekend but time may show these two were the runaway title contenders in the division.
Stranraer’s squad is actually a good bit better than last season with signings from Falkirk, St Mirren, Morton and Dumbarton and a loan deal with St Johnstone.
I fully expect them to improve as the season goes on and there was some encouragement with a 7-1 thrashing of non-league Spartans in the Challenge Cup in midweek.
On Saturday they travel to face Airdrie who themselves were beaten 4-2 at home to Livingston last weekend.
Airdrie are 6-5 for this match which seems pretty short and I had this down as more of a 6-4 each of two game.
Finding a Stranraer first scorer isn’t difficult as Craig Malcolm has netted seven goals in his last three games, including all three against Livi and Alloa. McBookie make him 13-2 improve on that amazing record with the opening goal.
This punting game is all about finding the value and although people say you can eat value, better to be backing teams at a price you think is wrong rather than going for an obvious under-priced and over-bet favourite.
That was theory last weekend with Edinburgh City who got humped 3-0 at Elgin. But I am going to give them one more try at big odds because although they have lost all seven matches (mostly to higher-league opposition) on Saturday they face Cowdenbeath who themselves have lost six out of seven.
Yet despite these awful records Cowdenbeath are 4-9 and the Citizens are 11-2. There must be better 4-9 shots than this surely?
Anyway, I’ll plump for former Scotland, Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie at 15-2 with McBookie to score the first goal.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Craig Beattie (Edinburgh City) 15-2
Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) 8-1
Craig Malcolm (Stranraer) 13-2