THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish Cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker is back to give his first-scorer tips every weekend and challenges punters to pick their own. Every week one punter with a correct prediction will be chosen at random to win a £10 bet.
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 – and I wish him well for the season.
He says: Here we go again then. After seemingly endless run of League Cup matches followed by a Challenge Cup first round we are finally under way for the start of the league season proper.
My antepost bets are on and at this stage I can’t see how any of them can lose! Reality will soon bite.
Anyway on to the opening first scorer selections of the new season.
Few Brechin fans will want to be reminded of the start their team made to the 2015-16 season. The Hedgemen didn’t register a win until near the end of September with form figures of LLLLLLLL.
But their amazing form at the end of the season – WWWWLWLWWW – saw them pull off an escape from a trip to League Two Houdini himself would have struggled to match.
Brechin have started this season fairly well and a League Cup win on penalties over St Johnstone being the highlight.
They open the league season at home against outright relegation favourites Stenhousemuir who have done little in terms of summer activity to suggest this season won’t be anything other than a struggle.
Brechin’s even-money quote to win this game looks a good one as does McBookie’s 11-2 quote about Alan Trouten to be the first scorer.
Trouten has already scored two this season and is on the pens for Brechin. He probably won’t get many better chances to open the scoring at home to a weak-looking side.
Moving up a division into the Championship and Gary Locke at Raith Rovers has done some good business over the summer, especially with the loan signings.
One player already on Locke’s books when he arrived in May was Lewis Vaughan who missed 11 months through injury.
Vaughan has hit the ground running already this season since returning from that absence and scored back-to-back goals in his opening two games.
Raith travel to Somerset Park for their opening league game of the season and Ayr’s’s first task this term will be Championship survival. McBookie make them 2-1 for the automatic drop.
Ayr’s squad doesn’t look a great deal better than last season’s side that lost 13 League One matches and finished just two points ahead of Peterhead who were third.
I think Ayr will really struggle in the Championship and Vaughan can get his league season off to a flyer with the first goal at 6-1 with McBookie.
The final selection is in the basement where I don’t expect 5-1 title hopes Cowdenbeath to mount a serious challenge. They are in freefall and this season’s squad doesn’t suggest that fall is going to be arrested anytime soon.
Cowdenbeath entertain Elgin for their first game and I expect last season’s League Two runners-up to begin with a win. City missed out on the title by just three points and have improved their squad with the addition Shane Sutherland and Kyle MacLeod among others.
But as ever the main man for their goals will be the lethal Craig Gunn who scored 21 of their 59 League Two goals last season. Gunn is 9-2 with McBookie to continue where he left off last season.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Trouten (Brechin) 11-2
Vaughan (Raith) 6-1
Gunn (Elgin) 9-2