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. Last weekend he picked another winner thanks to Arbroath’s Bobby Linn.
Three contest entrants person posted winners and after a random draw the lucky punter is sandys12 who took Hibs’ Jason Cummings at 4-1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your McBookie username to claim your prize.
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: Another year another winner thanks to Bobby Linn at 9-2 for Arbroath last weekend with one of the other two selections void as the game was postponed.
The run must come to an end sooner or later but maybe not this weekend as I really like the look of one of the League Two games to bag another first scorer.
Every week I bang on about how bookies continually get the odds wrong for Scottish football, especially on the lower leagues.
You might ask, well you work for McBookie so why don’t you get them right? The thing is it doesn’t quite work like that. The market is a consensus of bookies’ opinion and money and you pretty much have to go with what the market dictates unless you want to create arbs. And bookies don’t like arbs.
So in my opinion the firms have once again got it wrong with their odds this time for the Montrose v East Stirling game. These are two poor teams and just one point separates them at the bottom of League Two, plus the Shire have two games in hand on second-bottom Montrose.
However, Montrose are 20-23 with Shire a massive 14-5. Montrose are in dire form having lost six and drawn two of their last eight matches.
East Stirling on the other hand have won four of their last eight league matches (plus a draw) which includes a 3-1 win over Montrose and also victories against second-placed Queens Park and fifth-placed Stirling Albion last weekend.
Still want to take odds on about The Gable Endies? Thought not. So to my eyes these odds just cannot be right so a first goal for East Stirling might offer a bit of value.
There is probably not too much point scouring all the Shire scoring stats to find our man because David McKenna has scored six in his last eight games and is also on the pens. McBookie make him 6-1 to score the first goal on Saturday against Montrose.
In the Scottish Cup I thought Morton would be favourites at Livingston. Instead the bookies have it the other way around with Livi the market leaders at 7-5 and Morton 2-1.
In December Livingston lost at home to Alloa and also drew with Dumbarton at their Tony Macaroni Arena (just love that) which is poor form against probably the two worst teams in the league.
This week they appointed David Hopkin to be given the full-time head coach role but his early results as caretaker were hardly encouraging and they are a team I will be looking to take on until results show otherwise.
Morton fans suffered as their side lost the derby to St Mirren but fans will be cheered by the news Declan McManus is returning to club on loan from Fleetwood.
McManus’s stack of goals played a crucial role in the Ton gaining promotion last season and he is 5-1 with McBookie to mark his second game back with the opening goal of the game.
I must admit none of the other Scottish Cup ties interest me that much so it is back to League Two for the final selection.
Arbroath look to have turned the corner after a truly shocking run comprising the second half of last season and a good bit of this one.
McBookie make them slight favourites against leaders Elgin but with home advantage and on the back of three wins with just one goal conceded they are the pick.
Linn did us a favour last weekend with his 11th goal in 15 games and he is 9-2 with McBookie to get his 12th with the first of the game.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
McKenna (East Stirling) 6-1
McManus (Morton) 5-1
Linn (Arbroath) 9-2
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