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 had one correct out of three to make it three out of six which is a good strike rate.
One winner is picked at random every week to win a £10 free bet and last week site problems restricted us to two winners. They were mal c with Queen’s Park’s Chris Duggan at 7-1 and duncanpoundcake with Dundee United’s Bill Mckay at 19-4. After a toss of a coin the winner is duncanpoundcake.
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: Two blows to the head last weekend when my selections Juanma Delgado and Jordan White both scored but sadly the second and not the first goals. Doh.
That’s my winning run at an end but hopefully one of the form sides in the Championship can get us going again.
Morton have won five of their last seven matches and their only defeat came at home to Premiership side St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup back in October.
A couple of games ago they drew 1-1 at St Mirren Park in the Renfrewshire Derby and to these eyes watching on television they were easily the best side and look extremely well organised.
But for a goalkeeping howler in the opening 15 minutes that cost them the opening goal I’m sure they would have won the game.
On Saturday they entertain another in-form Championship side in the shape of Hibs who we’ve had a couple of unsuccessful cracks at already this season.
However, with Morton on such a good run and having home advantage their current odds of 7-1 seem too big. The reverse fixture at Easter Road saw Morton lose by just the odd goal.
Ton’s Denny Johnstone has already done this column a couple of favours this season and the on-loan striker looked a cut above every other player in that St Mirren game.
Johnstone is in great scoring form with six goals from his last six matches and McBookie quote him at 9-1 to score the opening goal on Saturday.
I spoke a couple of weeks ago prior to their home game with Dunfermline that Albion Rovers were being underestimated by bookmakers who hadn’t given them enough credit for some excellent performances.
Since then they have drawn with the Pars, beaten Cowdenbeath and lost to in-form Championship side Morton.
Rovers have been particularly good at home this season taking 16 out of a possible 21 points at Cliftonhill including beating Ayr 3-0.
On Saturday they entertain Stranraer who have lost four and drawn two out of their last six League One matches.
That run has seen they drop like a stone to sit just one place and three points off bottom. Stranraer have actually taken 10 of their 14 points away from home but on current form I still want to be against them for this game.
When trying to come up with selections I blind price the matches in my head before looking at the odds and I had Albion Rovers at 1-2 for this game. Bookies all have them at 4-6 and I would expect those odds to have shortened come kick-off.
Rovers have tended to share the goals around this seaso, which makes it hard to find an obvious first scorer.
However, midfielder Ally Love has scored four times from 14 League One starts and can be backed at 5-1 with McBookie to open the scoring.
Finally in the Scottish Cup it might be worth chancing a Queen’s Park first scorer in their replay at Forfar. The Loons have been in shocking form and their last win in all competitions came against bottom club Brechin back on September 12.
Since then they have drawn five and lost five. They are 6-5 for their game with League Two Queen’s but like the last game there might not be much between these two sides.
The Spiders’ Paul Woods has nine goals from 21 appearances this season and is 5-1 with McBookie to score the game’s first goal.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Johnstone (Morton) 9-1
Love (Albion Rovs) 5-1
Woods (Queen’s Park) 5-1