THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish 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.
If he meets the terms and conditions last week’s winner is Mike Herries of Dumfries who went for Stephen Dobbie of Queen of the South.
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 goalscorer winners last weekend and only one correct result from three matches so time to have a long, hard look at myself in the mirror …
Right, that’s done. Now back to finding some winners. Our one shining light last weekend was the 2-0 win for Queen of the South at home to Falkirk and bookies have surely made a whopping mistake with their odds again this weekend.
In the space of 11 days they beat last season’s Championship runners-up Falkirk and third-placed side Hibs (in the League Cup).
So how can Queen of the South be 13-5 to win at newly-promoted Dunfermline who have lost four of their last five matches and the other game was a 4-3 win at home to Dumbarton who are just 15-8 to finish bottom with McBookie?
I just can’t see it, especially when the Doonhamers have won six, drawn one and lost one this season, with that sole defeat coming against Premiership opposition in the shape of St Johnstone in the League Cup.
This looks a gift so time to find a first scorer. Last week I went with Aussie import Lyndon Dykes, but returning Queens hero Stephen Dobbie grabbed both goals.
It makes sense to stick with the in-form Dobbie who might still be a bit of value at 10-1 with McBookie to be top Championship scorer.
Dobbie already has three league goals and is massive-looking 17-2 with McBookie to make it four for the season with the game’s first goal.
At the start of the season I said here that Forfar and Arbroath were my League Two picks and with just 33 games to go the Loons sit top of the table. Stop the race.
Forfar have now won five of their last six with the only defeat in that run a 7-0 drubbing at Premiership Dundee in the League Cup.
They have even beaten League One East Fife and drawn at Championship Dumbarton so I would have had them a shade of odds on to win at home Elgin.
At the time of writing they are 11-10 but I would not be surprised to see them supported going into the weekend.
Jim Lister joined Gary Bollan’s side in the summer on a free from Airdrie and that is looking like a shrewd bit of business as Lister has scored three times already this season.
Lister had a 0.4 goals-per-game scoring ratio at the Diamonds and looks a fair bet for the opening goal at home to Elgin at 9-2 with McBookie.
Finally I have put the Edinburgh City project to bed and decided they might not be any good after all.
However, they still might finish above Montrose who went down 2-0 away to Stirling Albion last weekend.
Montrose are 9-4 to finish bottom and have a tough game on Saturday at home to Annan.
Jim Chapman made wholesale changes to the Annan squad during the summer with 12 new arrivals and lots of departures so I thought it might take time for the new team to gel.
But last weekend’s 3-2 defeat of pre-season title favourites Clyde suggests Chapman has once again begun to work the oracle.
In fact I might be having a sneaky saver on them for the League Two title at 10-1 to go with my Forfar and Arbroath bets.
Anyway, 6-5 about them to win away to the side I consider will be the division’s weakest team seems good value.
Robin Omar, who has three goals already this season, can hopefully grab the first one of the match at 6-1 with McBookie.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Dobbie (QoS) 17-2
Lister (Forfar) 9-2
Omar (Annan) 6-1