THE only online bookie that lists SPFL first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie. It’s a fantastic service but of course there is a limited card this weekend.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker gives his first-scorer tips every weekend and challenges punters to pick their own. Last weekend he picked another winner thanks to Greig Spence of Cowdenbeath.
Three people who entered the contest also landed winners – mal c with Chris Duggan of Queen’s Park, dennisthemenace with Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney and metmaddie with Gary Fleming of Dumbarton. After a lucky draw the winner is metmaddie with his 13-2 chance. Email [email protected] with your McBookie username to claim your prize.
Leave your tip as a comment and quote player’s club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish games only. Here is Damian with this week’s selections.
He says: A good weekend last Saturday with Greig Spence a nice 11-2 winner for a Cowdenbeath side who looked massively overpriced.
I also tipped up a Stirling Albion first scorer and although they ran out 3-1 winners for only the second time in the last seven matches Steven Doris’s name wasn’t on the scoresheet.
Anyway, it is with Stirling and Doris that I’ll start because bookies still haven’t latched on to the fact the Binos are just about the form team in League Two.
Last weekend’s win was Stirling’s sixth victory from their last seven matches, with a 1-0 loss at Queen’s Park the only reverse. It’s hard to believe this is the same team that lost five and drew one of their first six starts this season but the acid test comes this weekend when they entertain leaders Annan.
Annan are McBookie’s 2-1 favourites for the title but I the wheels might be about to come off and there have been signs their current form might not be as good as it first looks.
The Galabankies have won three of their last seven games but they were against the bottom two in the league and Highland League outfit Inverurie Locos in the Scottish Cup.
In fact in the other four games they have conceded four goals to Locos in a 4-4 Scottish Cup draw, lost to Elgin and drawn with Arbroath and Montrose.
Now they face Stirling with Clyde to follow next weekend and I shall be against them on Saturday as they are 11-8 favourites to beat 7-4 Stirling when the Binos really should be faves in my opinion.
I spoke last weekend about Doris’s scoring form and I am going to stick with him again at 9-2 with McBookie to net the opener.
Incidentally Stirling might be worth a sniff at 12-1 for the title and you can still back them each way at one fifth the odds for a tidy profit.
In League One I expected second-placed Ayr to be a shade of odds on away to Peterhead. Two narrow defeats to leaders Dunfermline in the cup and league do not suggest the Honest Men have lost their form and yet they are only 6-4 joint favourites for the long trip north.
Despite Ayr scoring at an average of over two goals a game in the division their 33 league goals have tended to be shared around.
Jordan Preston leads the way with six goals and seems to be making the most of his loan spell from Blackburn and now has a respectable 11 goals from 28 matches. With Ayr looking overpriced Preston can be backed at 5-1 with McBookie to score the first goal.
In the Championship I couldn’t help being drawn towards the odds of 11-2 about Falkirk at home to Rangers.
I backed the Bairns at a ridiculous price of 7-1 last weekend after they drifted out against Hibs and was denied by a last-minute equaliser (they never go your way).
Falkirk have won five of their last seven games, drawing the other two and scoring 20 goals with just five against.
Rangers have drawn against Morton and Livingston in their last four matches so there really shouldn’t be as much between the teams as the odds suggest, especially with Falkirk having home advantage.
Falkirk’s John Baird has been in outstanding scoring form this season and his 11 Championship goals have come from just 15 starts. In fact he now has 18 goals from 32 games since joining Falkirk in January this year. McBookie make Baird a 7-1 shot to open the scoring.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Doris (Stirling) 9-2
Preston (Ayr) 5-1
Baird (Falkirk) 7-1