THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish Cup 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.
Leave your tip as a comment and quote player’s club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish games only – for a chance to win £10 this weekend. Here is Damian with this week’s selections.
He says: Your team have scored just one goal in 270 minutes of League Two football and only four goals in their last 630 minutes (obviously a lot longer if you include injury time).
They have won just one of their last six matches and on Saturday are at home to a team they last played in November but lost 2-1 to. You go to the bookies and see your team are priced up at 2-5 then aliens land and take over the planet.
Seem a bit far-fetched? Well some people have been warning NASA about this for years.
Joking apart the side in question are third-placed Queen’s Park and although they are playing the bottom side East Stirling I struggle to see how any team in League Two can be as short as 2-5 to beat another.
This has been the league where just 12 points separate top from eighth place. In League One it is 26 points, it is 27 points in the Championship and the same gap in the Premiership.
What this all says is there are no stand-out sides in League Two and the value probably lies with the outsider when the favourite gets extremely short in the betting such as with Queen’s.
I’m not saying East Stirling are any good as the table tells you that but can they really be 13-2 shots in this league?
Anyway, on to finding an East Stirling first scorer. The list of candidates is pretty small and when going for a big-price team it makes sense to go for their most prolific scorer. David McKenna leads the way for Shire in the league and has scored six goals from his last 12 matches. He is 15-2 with McBookie to net the opener.
A few weeks ago I mentioned how crucial it was at this time of the year to keep a close eye on the comings and goings in the SPFL. Albion Rovers got themselves up to third in League One but lost their first four games in 2016 and slipped down to sixth.
Manager Darren Young moved quickly to arrest the decline and brought in midfielder Darren Petrie on loan from Raith and signed Spas Georgiev from Livingston.
Striker Andrew Barrowman seems to have recovered from an ankle injury which has kept him out since November as he came off the bench in Albion’s 2-1 win at Cowdenbeath in midweek and striker Paul Archibald also signed professional terms and started on Tuesday.
The strengthened Wee Rovers sit a point ahead of Saturday’s opponents Stranraer but the home side are odds on at 19-20. Albion are too big to these eyes at 29-10 and with Scott McBride bagging a brace in midweek he is my first-scorer selection at 11-2 with McBookie.
The final pick is in the Premiership and another outsider in the shape of 12-1 shots Ross County in a repeat of their League Cup semi-final with Celtic. The Staggies ended Celtic’s treble dream with a 3-1 victory, although they were hugely aided by Efe Ambrose’s red card.
Ross County might not end up winning this game but McBookie’s 10-1 about Liam Boyce scoring the first goal looks too big, especially considering his 17 goals this season already.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
McKenna (East Stirling) 15-2
McBride (Killie) 11-2
Boyce (Ross County) 10-1