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 two winners last week – both on Dunfermline hotshot Faissal El Bakhtouai at 19-5. After the toss of a coin the winner is Alan ahead of William McFarlane. 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.
He says: We’ve got to start an SPFL scorer column by raising a glass or something to Rory McAllister who became the first player since the SPL and SPFL merged in 2013 to score five goals when Peterhead shocked Falkirk with a 5-3 win in the Challenge Cup.
“McAllister will have to be at his deadly best again on Saturday when Peterhead take on title favourites and League One leaders Dunfermline. He is 11-2 to score the first goal.
“However, my first selection comes in another League One game and I can’t help thinking Forfar are just too short at 13-20 to beat Stenhousemuir at home.
“The Loons have beaten Airdrie by a single goal the same as Stenny and Forfar then thrashed newly-promoted Albion Rovers 4-0. Stenhousemuir’s other League result was a 2-2 draw at Peterhead which is looking better by the day, plus they knocked a strong Raith side out of the Challenge Cup in midweek.
“Brown Ferguson has brought in plenty of players in the close season and Stenny’s side is unrecognisable from the one that struggled last season.
“One permanent fixture though is Colin McMenamin up front and the striker’s 16 league goals last season almost certainly kept the Warriors up. McMenamin is 7-1 with McBookie to break the deadlock.
“Staying in League One and I think we have to be against Cowdenbeath until they show signs of improvement. They were thrashed 7-1 by the Pars last weekend and prior to that were beaten 2-1 at home to Stranraer which doesn’t look such good form following Stranraer’s 4-0 home defeat to Peterhead.
“The Blue Brazil entertain Albion Rovers on Saturday and are odds on to take their first league points of the season. Albion were unable to field strikers John Gemmell and Andrew Barrowman owing to injury last weekend when they lost 4-0 to Forfar but Gemmell is expected to recover from his dead leg and Barrowman too might be fit.
“That would give Rovers a huge lift and Gemmell is 6-1 with McBookie to score the opening goal.”
“In League Two Arbroath seem to have continued their dismal form that last season saw them go from long odds on for the title to finishing a distant third 15 points adrift of top spot.
“That losing run of two wins from 21 games isn’t getting any better this campaign and they have lost four traight matches – two in the cup to higher-placed opposition and two in the league.
“Those two league losses are the worry. Goals for 0. Goals against 6. And to make matters worse on Saturday they host Queen’s Park who won away to title favourites Clyde last weekend and put Championship Dumbarton out of the Challenge Cup in midweek.
“So Queen’s Park should be favourites, right? Not a bit of it. They are 21-10 outsiders and as a result their goalscorer odds will be inflated.
“The Spiders’ young striker William Mortimer has been getting plenty of chances this season and has started in the last three matches. The 18-year-old has clearly impressed and has been promoted to the first team from the Under-20s where he played last season.
“Mortimer is 6-1 with McBookie to score the opening goal and put Arbroath in more trouble.”
Can you find a winner!
McMenamin (Stenny) 7-1
Gemmell (Albion Rovers) 6-1
Mortimer (Queen’s Park) 6-1