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: A Happy New Year to all of this column’s readers. January is a dangerous time of the season for McBookie when it comes to scorer betting in the SPFL.
Numerous loan deals – often to multiple players at the same club – come to end, plus others are signed or extended. The shape of teams can change dramatically as well as positions in which some players are asked to play.
Luckily we can be fairly sure who will be playing in Queen of the South’s stable squad and where their goals will be coming from.
As has been mentioned here before the Doonhamers pretty much share all their goals between four players – Derek Lyle, Iain Russell, Gavin Reilly and John Baird.
In fact the quartet have scored 24 of their side’s 31 Championship goals. And more look to be coming their way this weekend when Queen of the South host Livingston and nine-goal man Reilly can be backed at 9-2 with McBookie to make it 10 for the season with the opener.
At the start of the 2014-15 campaign Morton manager Jim Duffy had such a striker shortage through injuries and lack of signings that centre-back Thomas O’Ware was sent up front to get the goals.
Punters got wind of it and McBookie were a bit slow to cotton on and luckily survived a plunge on the new forward at 33-1 for the first goal in one of their early matches.
And luckily for Duffy and Morton salvation came in the form of Aberdeen loanee Declan McManus. The striker was an instant hit at Cappielow and has scored nine goals in 18 league appearances for the Ton since August.
McManus leads the League One scorers’ table but can be backed at 10-1 with McBookie to still be there after the final game of the season.
Looks a massive price doesn’t it? The only problem is McManus is heading back to Aberdeen to try to get a regular place in the Dons team win a new contract.
Should he fail to impress at Pittodrie he is almost certain to end the season at Morton back on loan.
With such a lot riding on the next month or so for McManus he will be giving it his best shot and can be backed at 9-2 with McBookie to open the scoring in what could be his final start for Morton on Saturday when they host Airdrie.
When John Gemmell dropped down a league in the summer to join an Albion Rovers set-up that was flush with cup money it was expected he would run riot in the basement.
But it hasn’t quite worked out that way and the striker has just three league goals to his name this season from 13 appearances.
In fact it is the league goals of Scott Chaplain that have been instrumental in taking the wee Rovers up to second spot in the table. Chaplain seems to be a streaky scorer and has certainly been on a hot streak this season, scoring nine league goals in 11 appearances.
Albion entertain Annan on Saturday and Chaplain is 6-1 with McBookie to net the first goal of the game.
Can you find a winner?
Reilly (QoS) 9-2
McManus (Morton) 9-2
Chaplain (Albion Rovers) 6-1