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.
Also, leave a first-scorer prediction for any of the weekend SPFL matches at the end of this article to have a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com. Last week’s winner was Duncan Poundcake who went for Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn at 13-2.
Here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his first-scorer predictions for this weekend.
He says: No doubt who is the form striker in the Championship at present. Hibs hitman Jason Cummings has scored six goals from his last four games which included a “hat-trick” last weekend – although one was cruelly taken off him by ref Willie Collum and put down as an OG.
The striker sits one clear of the chasing pack in the Championship top scorer table and is just 11-8 with McBookie to still be there after the final game of the season.
Cummings has a great chance to stretch that lead on Saturday when Hibs entertain Cowdenbeath who have the worst goal difference in the division and on average ship at least two a game.
The player is 7-2 with McBookie to score first and for those who think he can match last weekend’s tally he is 14-1 to score a treble for real.
Almost a month ago to the day in this column we said Stranraer’s League One title odds were huge at 9-1 (12-1 was available elsewhere) and now the Blues are just 7-4 with McBookie (brag, brag).
But for a blip against Stenny, Stranraer have been in unstoppable form and in particular striker Craig Malcolm who has scored nine goals from his last 11 matches. Malcolm is in his second spell at the club having originally averaged a goal every other match.
He is going to have to be on the top of his game on Saturday as Stranraer host a Brechin side who are unbeaten in 12 games, having won four of their last five.
Despite that run you still have to give the edge to the home side and Malcolm is 11-2 with McBookie to be the first scorer.
Staying in League One and Morton manager Jim Duffy did a nice swift bit of business last week bringing in striker Ross Caldwell and Peter MacDonald to replace departing Declan McManus while letting go Andrew Barrowman to Dunfermline.
Caldwell, has struggled to find the back of the net for a disappointing St Mirren side this season, but now he is on loan in League One,could be a class apart in this division and got off to a flyer with a goal for the Ton last weekend.
Morton travel to face strugglers Ayr and Caldwell is 9-2 with McBookie to open the scoring.
In the basement Elgin are propping up the whole of the SPFL but on Saturday they entertain another of League Two’s under-performers in the shape of Clyde.
Every week McBookie’s lower-league odds compiler moans about the new faces he has to add to the Clyde squad list and it looks as if boss Barry Ferguson has still to hit upon on a settled team.
If our stats are correct (highly unlikely) Ferguson has fielded at least 32 different outfield players this season – almost three teams worth.
Elgin’s on-loan signing Ally Gilchrist opened his account last weekend and the St Johnstone forward is 11-2 with McBookie to score first against whatever team Ferguson decides to put out.
Can you find a winner?
Cummings (Hibs) 7-2
Malcolm (Stranraer) 11-2
Morton (Caldwell) 9-2
Gilchrist (Elgin) 11-2