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: Nothing to write home about last week. I got the Ayr result right but no first scorer, plus a loser and a non-runner from the other two games.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Albion Rovers had moved swiftly to shore up their squad after the departure of John Gemmell to Clyde and despite his absence they look a stronger side.
Rovers had got themselves up to third place in the League One table before suffering four straight losses in 2016.
But that was before manager Darren Young strengthened his squad and since then they have won away to Cowdenbeath, drawn at Stranraer and thrashed Brechin 4-1 at home in midweek.
On Saturday they travel to Forfar who on the face of it returned to form with a 4-1 win at Cowdenbeath.
However, the Blue Brazil were reduced to 10 men early on and Forfar’s previous league win was back in September.
It is too early to say if the Loons have improved and I’d be inclined to believe the previous seven months of results rather than one 90-minute match against a weakened team.
I do find it amazing a side that have won just two league matches in almost seven months can be 6-4 favourites at home to a team who have won two in the last three weeks. So I firmly expect Albion Rovers to open the scoring and go on and win this game.
Striker Andrew Barrowman marked his first start for three months with a goal in midweek having been out through injury. Barrowman is priced up at 6-1 by McBookie to score the first goal and that looks good enough.
You don’t get many 16-1 shots winning 3-0 away but that is exactly what happened on Wednesday evening when Morton won at Easter Road.
Championship side Hibs have had a hectic schedule and that midweek game was their seventh match in 26 days, a run that includes three games against Premiership opposition in both the League and Scottish Cups.
Heavy legs probably played a part in that shock defeat and I don’t suppose they’ll be feeling any fresher just three days later.
Dumbarton were thrashed in the Cup in midweek but they might just be able to squeak an early goal at home to Hibs who are pretty short at 2-5.
Finding a Sons first scorer is never easy but I’ll take a chance again with McBookie’s 10-1 shot Garry Fleming who is their leading scorer.
My final selection is in League Two where East Fife are looking to these eyes at least tthe most likely challengers to Elgin in the title race.
I expected the Fifers to be slight favourites but the bookies have it the other way around so I’ll go with East Fife’s scoring machine Nathan Austin to score the opener at 4-1 with McBookie.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Barrowman (Albion Rovers)
Austin (East Fife)