THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com. It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues.
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Here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his first-scorer predictions for this weekend.
He says: With Falkirk languishing in fifth place in the Championship I was a little surprised to see boss Peter Houston named the division’s manager of the month for December. A closer look though showed the Bairns had won three of their four games and six of their last seven since late November.
Falkirk’s current position owes a lot to their disastrous run from the end of August until mid-November that saw them win just two of their 10 Championship games. Houston gets a good chance to assess just how well the current revival is going with a tough trip to Easter Road to face Hibs.
The Bairns are nearly 5-1 with McBookie at the time of writing which means there could be some value in the first-scorer market.
Striker Rory Loy has 26 goals from 53 League games and is in good form with four from his last 10. Loy is 15-2 with McBookie to score first.
Morton waved bye bye to Declan McManus last weekend but League One’s joint-top striker failed to go out on a high as the Ton went down 1-0 at home to Airdrie.
With McManus back at Aberdeen following the end of his loan period Morton manager Jim Duffy is back to scratching his head in search of a goalscorer. Chances are Andrew Barrowman will be the main man but on current form you’d want to be against Morton whoever was up front for them (Ronaldo or Messi aside).
Morton have won just one of their last six and that was against the division’s whipping boys Stirling who actually led 3-1 with just half an hour to go.
On Saturday they travel to face Stenhousemuir, who lost to Stirling last weekend, but previously ended Stranraer’s long unbeaten run with at 2-0 win there.
The Warriors’ veteran striker Colin McMenamin is having a fantastic season and has eight league goals to his name from just 13 starts and five goals from his last four matches.
With Morton in such poor form and McMenamin on fire now might be the time to take McBookie’s quote of 11-2 about him scoring the first goal of the game.
In the basement there’s little doubt which is game of the weekend with leaders Arbroath at home to second-placed Albion Rovers. A win for the Smokies would put them seven points clear and their current title odds of 8-15 would be ancient history.
Arbroath have also managed to hang on to their in-form striker Simon Murray who has joined Premiership club Dundee Utd but has been loaned back to Arbroath until the end of the season.
The arrangement suits both clubs and Murray is 4-6 with McBookie to finish the season as League Two’s top goalscorer.
Murray’s current form is outstanding with 12 goals from his last eight games and McBookie make him 5-1 to add to that tally with the first goal on Saturday.
Can you find a winner?
Loy (Falkirk) 15-2
McMenamin (Stenny) 11-2
Murray (Arbroath) 5-1