Mar 12: SPFL First Scorer Tips & Contest


THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish Cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.

McBookie‘s Damian Walker gives his first-scorer tips every weekend and challenges punters to pick their own. Damian did better than the rest last week with Robert Thomson of Brechin giving him a nice 9-1 winner.

From all the entries the only winner was Budgies Bravehearts with Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths at 23-10. Email [email protected] to claim your prize – and I believe this is Budgies’ second win of the season.

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: It had been coming and last weekend my 9-1 tip Robert Thomson grabbed the first and only goal of the game as League One’s bottom club Brechin shocked Ayr.

It is a tired cliche but I’m only as good as my last bet so let’s hope for some more winners this weekend.

No apologies for starting in League Two for the first selection as this is where the bookies have been making a stack of mistakes. I’m still not sure how most came up with 4-9 Arbroath at home to East Stirling.

The Smokies binned manager Todd Lumsden after a shocking run that saw them plummet to third bottom and new boss Dick Campbell took them to second bottom in midweek with a 3-0 loss to Berwick who leapfrogged them.

Arbroath sit just five points above Shire and drew 0-0 in a repeat of this fixture just a few week ago so how can they be so short? Anyway rather than wonder why the best thing is to get stuck into East Stirling at 5-1 (7-1 elsewhere) and find a first scorer.

No messing around and I’ll go for Shire’s leading scorer David McKenna who is 7-1 with McBookie to open the scoring.

The bookies (McBookie included) have got the wrong favourite in the Clyde v Elgin game. They all side with the home side but they have been so inconsistent this season and even in the last few weeks when they beat East Stirling 3-0 away in midweek having lost 1-0 at home to them exactly a week earlier.

Leaders Elgin have somehow managed to get their small squad to perform week in and week out and it was great news for their supporters to see Kyle Lander join on loan from St Johnstone. I expect Elgin to win this game and further strengthen their title claims.

Craig Gunn continues to be the man to follow for the Black and Whites and is 9-2 with McBookie to be the game’s first scorer.

The big game of the weekend is the League Cup Final and full marks to anyone who predicted a Hibs v Ross County final. Even Mystic Meg got that one wrong.

Predicting the correct odds hasn’t been easy either and somehow bookies have Hibs as 7-5 90-minute favourites over 85-40 Ross County.

Remember Hibs’ last three Championship results have seen them lose to Dumbarton, Morton and Queen of the South.

Also this will be Hibs’ 11th game in six weeks and I think battling on three fronts – Championship, Scottish Cup and League Cup is taking its toll on the players. Still fancy the 7-5?

Obviously I don’t and the Staggies striker Liam Boyce ended a barren run of eight games without a goal last weekend but still has 18 goals to his name this season. McBookie make him 6-1 to score the first goal of the Final and that will do for me


Can you find a winner this weekend?

Recommended Bets

McKenna (East Stirling) 7-1

Gunn (Elgin) 9-2

Boyce (Ross County) 6-1

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  1. Profile photo of sa1nt
    sa1nt 1 year ago

    Hmmm what about Gemmel at Clyde…..
    Na I will go for

    Kyle Wilkie 8/1
    East Fife

  2. Profile photo of duck57
    duck57 1 year ago

    Fayssal El Bakhtaoui for Dunfermline
    19/5 with McBookie

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    boabee8867 1 year ago

    Must admit I agree with your assumption on Hibs just now. ..even though they can shuffle the squad I think they are in that ..” competing to train” just now instead of ” training to compete “…I fancy the 53/50 outright on County to the lift the pot…

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    big mac 1 year ago

    Ryan hardie raith rovers 13/2 @ mcbookie

  5. Profile photo of dennisthemenace
    dennisthemenace 1 year ago

    N. Austin : ( East Fife ) @ 19/5

  6. Profile photo of sa1nt
    sa1nt 1 year ago


    Dennisthemenace knows

  7. Profile photo of cockerspaniel
    cockerspaniel 1 year ago

    John Carter ( Queens Park ) 11/2 @ McBookie

  8. Profile photo of mal c
    mal c 1 year ago

    East Fife v Annan Athletic

    Kyle Wikie of East Fife @ 9.00 McBookie

  9. Profile photo of ianlinds03
    ianlinds03 1 year ago

    Kenny McLean Aberdeen 7/1 @ Mcbookie

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    thehonestman 1 year ago

    Craig Moore , Ayr United at 6/1 with McBookie.

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    morrison67 1 year ago

    Simon Church 18/5@McBookie

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    duncanpoundcake 1 year ago

    Erik Sviatchenko for Celtic @ 35/1 with McBookie

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    25oz63 1 year ago

    Kane Hemmings Dundee
    6/1 @ McBookie

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    conners 1 year ago

    M.STOREY,Inverness,19/4 at MCBOOKIE

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    djeniks70 1 year ago

    DUNDEE V HEARTS – Greg Stewart ( DUNDEE ) – FGS at odds 15/2 with McBookie

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    theresa higgins 1 year ago

    Dougie Imrie ( Hamilton ) 12/1 @ McBookie

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    bluenose 1 year ago

    Ross draper Inverness 12/1

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    steveyot 1 year ago

    Jordan Preston Ayr 15/2 McBookie

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    hulkie 1 year ago

    B Henderson (Berwick) @ 5/1

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    lizziekins 1 year ago

    R McAllister (Peterhead) to score first, 7-2

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    metmaddie 1 year ago

    N Austin (East Fife) @ 19/5

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    sandys12 1 year ago

    M Stewart (Raith Rovers), price 5-1

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    stubhoy 1 year ago

    Liam Henderson
    HIBS 14/1 McBookie

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    lfleming89 1 year ago

    Keith Watson – St Mirren
    33/1 with McBookie scored 2 last week so worth a shout.

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    shuggy1 1 year ago

    Rory Loy 7/1 @McBookie

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    budgies bravehearts 1 year ago

    Schalk (Ross C)
    15/2 with McBookie

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