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.
From all the entries the only winner was hulkie with Berwick’s Blair Henderson who netted in the first minute in a 1-0 win against Stirling at 23-10. Email [email protected] to claim your prize – and I believe like Budgies’ bravehearts last week this is hulkie’s second win this 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: I picked the League Cup Final winner but not the first goalscorer and the other two selections went against me too so I’m back down to earth with a bump.
With hindsight taking on Arbroath under new boss Dick Campbell with big outsiders East Stirling probably wasn’t the brightest of moves.
Campbell probably did as well as anyone could in his seven years in charge of Forfar. He was sacked in December last year but in 2010 got the Loons promoted to League One and finished in the promotion play-offs in three of the next four seasons.
And they so nearly made it to the Championship last season but lost out to a second-half goal blitz from Alloa having been two aggregated goals ahead of the Wasps with just 45 minutes of normal time remaining.
With Campbell at the helm at local rivals Arbroath I intend to stick with the Red Lichties until the end of the season starting with an away trip to Queen’s Park.
The timing of the game couldn’t be better for Campbell as Saturday’s opponents suffered a surprise 3-1 home defeat to Annan in midweek. Yet the Spiders are even-money favourites for the game with Arbroath 11-4.
Finding an Arbroath first scorer probably starts and ends with Bobby Linn as none of the other players have scored more than three league goals this season while Linn has 10 to his name. McBookie make Linn 6-1 to be the game’s first scorer.
Moving up into the Championship and I have been seriously impressed by Alan Stubbs at Hibs. I thought my Ross County League Cup Final bet was a lucky one to cop and felt the Edinburgh side at least deserved to take the game into extra time.
It was some effort from Stubbs to raise his team after that disappointment to come back just three days later, travel up to the Highlands and knock holders Inverness Caley Thistle out of the Scottish Cup.
If I was Stubbs (I struggle to manage my two kids let alone pampered footballers) I would take a long look at the Championship table and assume that with two games in hand they should be able to overhaul Falkirk for second spot.
With the Bairns facing Rangers tonnight I’d use Saturday to rest a lot of the players against Raith. We’ll see if Stubbs takes my advice and there must be a good chance of Raith getting something from the game despite their odds of 4-1.
Raith’s Mark Stewart has 10 Championship goals this season and four from his last six games and might be a bit of value against a weary, weakened Hibs to score the first goal at 9-1 with McBookie.
The final selection is in League One and I’m sticking with Brechin who did this column a favour two weeks ago with a 9-1 winner and have won their last three matches scoring seven goals and conceding none.
They are now just 1-1 to finish bottom having been 1-12 on the first day of the month. They entertain Albion Rovers on Saturday who have just won two of their last 13 matches and are without a win in five.
Robert Thomson has scored two in his last three games for the Hedgemen and he is 5-1 with McBookie to score the first goal.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Linn (Arbroath) 6-1
Stewart (Raith) 9-1
Thomson (Brechin) 5-1
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