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 only winner was William MacFarlane who went for Falkirk’s Rory Loy. He didn’t quote a price but on this occasion I’ve allowed him the prize – but it won’t happen again.
William, to claim your prize email your McBookie username to [email protected]
And today for all Scottish customers there is a no-risk £5 offer on first scorers. Have a £5 bet on any first scorer and if it loses the £5 will be returned as a free bet.
Here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his first-scorer predictions for this weekend.
He says: If goals are your thing and you are a Raith Rovers supporter it is fair to say the 2014-15 season has failed to light your fire.
After 20 Championship matches Rovers have amassed a total of 23 goals which comes in at a goal-per-game average of just 1.15. Yet despite notching only four from their last three games, Grant Murray’s side actually managed to win all three, albeit by a single goal.
Saturday gives Raith a great chance to make it four Championship wins on the bounce when they travel to Recreation Park to face an Alloa side also struggling for goals – just 16 from their 20 league matches.
Ryan Conroy was instrumental in two of Raith’s last three wins scoring crucial goals and during his time at Dundee he bagged 24 goals from 71 starts. Conroy is also on the pens at Raith and is 6-1 with McBookie to score the game’s opener.
In League One, you would have got a decent price at the start of the season about neither Dunfermline nor Morton being in the top two at this stage. Both clubs have struggled to make the sort of impact their pre-season odds suggested they would and the pair clash on Saturday in a crucial game for both sides in front of the BBC ALBA cameras (5.30pm).
Ton manager Jim Duffy has done some nice business in the transfer window, initially bringing in strikers Ross Caldwell and Peter MacDonald, followed by midfielder Michael Tidser this week.
The signings are a statement of intent from Duffy and Morton and punters have taken the hint backing them as early as Monday this week at odds of 6-4.
MacDonald got his new spell off to a flyer with a goal last weekend and McBookie make him 13-2 to open the scoring on Saturday night.
In the basement, East Fife are another side that who so far failed to live up to their pre-season odds. The Fifers sit in sixth place and a massive 19 points behind third-placed Albion Rovers. In fact they have won just twice since October 4 – at home to Montrose and away at Berwick Rangers.
So the question is: Would you back a team at odds on that have won just two of their last 14 matches? Included in your answer should be the phrase “it depends who they are playing?”
This weekend they are at home to East Stirling who are no great shakes themselves and have won just two games as well in the same period. However, given East Fife’s odds there may some value in seeking out an East Stirling first scorer and there really can be only one selection here.
David McKenna has scored eight of the Shire’s 22 league goals this season and has a 10/23 record overall. McBookie make him 11-2 to score the first goal on Saturday.
Can you find a winner? Comment with your selection for a chance to win a tenner and remember to quote McBookie odds.
Conroy (Raith) 6-1
McKenna (East Stirling) 11-2
MacDonald (Dunfermline) 13-2