THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish Cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker gives his first-scorer tips every weekend and challenges punters to pick their own.
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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: What a cruel day last Saturday was for any followers of this column. Our headline pick was that East Stirling who were massively overpriced at 13-2 away to Queen’s Park.
The Shire run out easy 3-0 winners and our pick David McKenna scored … but it was the second goal. Doh!
Luckily a single on East Stirling eased the pain but let’s hope for some better luck with this weekend’s first scorer picks. I’m straight back down to League Two for the first selection. Boy do the firms get this division so badly wrong every week.
My earliest League Two ante-post bet this season was on Clyde at the ludicrous opening price of 8-1.
Manager Barry Ferguson had already made some big signings at the time and the Bully Wee were going to begin the season with easily the strongest squad in the division.
Strong squads don’t always win the league though and this one has seriously underperformed. In fact if I’d been given a betting slip not an online receipt I would long since have binned the ticket.
Clyde’s current form is woeful. Four straight defeats and only one goal scored in 360 minutes of football. So they should surely be a big price at home to Berwick who beat Annan 3-2 in midweek, right?
Not a bit of it. Clyde are wait for it … odds on.Sound familiar? Queen’s had scored just two goals in their last five games and were even shorter last weekend at 2-5.
So Berwick look an early Easter present at their current odds of 16-5 but for the purposes of this column we need to find a first scorer.
It looks a toss-up between strikers Blair Henderson and Darren Lavery. Both have scored eight league goals from a similar number of games. But Lavery’s current form of five goals from his last seven games just swings it in his direction and he is also on the pens too.
McBookie make Lavery 6-1 to score the first goal. Here’s hoping it is not the second again.
Moving up a division to League One and I rarely go for short-priced scorers but I really fear for Forfar this weekend for their trip to Somerset Park.
The Loons have been dreadful since mid-September in a run that has seen them win just one match in all competitions from their last 20 games.
Their nadir came last weekend when they held a 2-1 lead at Peterhead, who were reduced to 10 men on the half an hour mark. But even against 10 men for an hour and with a goal advantage Forfar managed to somehow run out 3-2 losers.
Ayr themselves managed to throw away at 2-0 lead at Dunfermline last weekend to lose by the same score. But the Honest Men were the ones reduced to 10 men and were playing runaway the leaders.
I can see Ayr routing the Loons live in front of the BBC Alba cameras and striker Craig Moore, who has eight goals from his last 13 games, is 18-5 with McBookie to open the floodgates with the first goal.
Finally in the Championship, I expected the odds to be a bit closer together between St Mirren and Dumbarton. Just two points separates the Buddies from the Sons but somehow St Mirren are 37-40 and Dumbarton 14-5.
Those odds just can’t be right and I’ll take a chance that McBookie’s 15-2 shot Garry Fleming scores the opener.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Lavery (Berwick) 6-1
Moore (Ayr) 18-5
Fleming (Dumbarton) 15-2