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.
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: Well the run is over after three blanks last weekend so hopefully I can get things quickly back on track.
I do like this period of the season from a punting perspective as a lot can change with teams who are seemingly struggling becoming revitalised by the addition of new players in the transfer window whether signed or on loan.
And similarly many loan contracts end in January and other changes in personnel can harm sides who have been doing well in the first half of the season.
That comment applies to Raith Rovers who have probably outperformed expectations by getting themselves into fourth position in what is a strong Championship.
However, losing Jon Daly to Hearts for an Under-20 coaching role and the return of loanee Craig Wighton to Dundee has left boss Ray McKinnon with a couple of big holes to fill – one which has been done by Hamilton’s Louis Longridge while Jonny Court has returned from a loan spell at East Stirling.
Longridge made his debut in midweek but Raith lost at home to bottom side Alloa who were a massive 8-1 for the three points in midweek.
Anyway, McKinnon has moved swiftly bringing in Accies forward Louis Longridge on loan and bringing back Jonny Court from his loan spell at East Stirling.
I don’t think those changes are like for like though and I’ll be taking on Raith again for their visit to St Mirren.
The Buddies have hardly been in good form themselves but two away wins from their last four games is an improvement of sorts on a winless run of seven games that preceded them.
While Raith have lost a couple of players St Mirren have crucially still got Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland who is on a one-year loan deal. Shankland has scored five goals in 10 starts for the Buddies and three in his last four.
A game at home to a weakened Raith side gives him a great chance to extend that run and he is 11-2 with McBookie to score first.
Moving into League One and without boring my regular reader the bookies (McBookie included) have once again got it all wrong with the Ayr v Cowdenbeath game.
So here’s the scenario … Cowdenbeath won four games on the bounce before losing away to runaway League One leaders Dunfermline 2-1 at East End Park and then to Championship leaders Rangers in the Cup.
Ayr United on the other hand have lost five of their last six games, including a 4-2 defeat away to Cowdenbeath. Their sole win was a 2-1 home win over bottom club Brechin.
So how come Ayr are 3-5 and Cowdenbeath 9-2? The odds are simply wrong and I will be with the Blue Brazil.
Cowden’s Greig Spence has been in fantastic form this season with 13 league goals from 19 games and seven goals from his last six matches. McBookie make him 13-2 to score the opening goal of the game.
The final selection is in League Two where I am going for an East Stirling first scorer again. I must admit I was counting the cash last weekend when my bet on the Shire at 3-1 to win at Montrose looked home and hosed at 2-0 at half-time.
Did I cash out to claim 85 per cent of the winnings I was offered? Of course not. Final result 3-2 Montrose.
Anyway, East Stirling are 6-1 to win at Clyde which seems too big again so I will persevere with David McKenna at 13-2 to be the first goalscorer.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Shankland (St Mirren) 11-2
Spence (Cowdenbeath) 13-2
McKenna (East Stirling) 13-2