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Here is McBookie’s Damian Walker’s first-scorer tips for this weekend. He writes: Statistics can be misleading and I won’t be so tedious as to repeat that famous quote but on the face of it it’s hard to make a case for saying just one Championship win in 13 matches since December 13 is anything other than woeful.
“Those are the stats against Livingston this weekend as they entertain Dumbarton. However, when you look at the majority of sides they faced during that run – Hearts (3), Falkirk (2), Rangers (2), Hibs and Queen of the South – how many of those games realistically should they have won? Not many, if any.
And when you actually look at the teams they have had some sort of chance against in terms of their odds – they have drawn with Alloa and Cowdenbeath, thrashed Dumbarton 5-1 away and the only poor result was a 2-0 home loss to Raith.
Last weekend Livi held Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox and despite those 1/13 stats against them Livi really ought to beat Dumbarton at home on Saturday. Plenty of punters seem to agree as they have been backed from 11-10 to 9-10 already.
Livi striker Ibra Sekajja has been collecting clubs like kids collect Topps stickers since joining Crystal Palace as a trainee. But it finally looks as if he might have found a team where he has a future and since earning a place in the starting 11 he has rewarded Livi boss Mark Burchill with back-to-back goals including that equaliser at Ibrox.
Sekajja is 11-2 with McBookie to continue that run with the first goal on Saturday.
A week is a long time in politics and it seems a year is a long time in football for Gary McDonald. Ten months ago he was coming on as a substitute for St Johnstone in their Scottish Cup Final win over Dundee Utd.
Last weekend the 32-year-old midfielder was playing in front of 600 souls for Peterhead at home to Brechin in League One having been released by the Perthe men in February.
But McDonald is probably a cut above this level – even as the years take their inevitable toll – and has scored four goals in his last six games for Peterhead.
He gets a fantastic chance to stretch his scoring record with a visit to bottom side Stirling Albion on Saturday and is 7-1 with McBookie to score the first goal.
On Februrary 28 McBookie were 200-1 about East Stirling making the top four of League Two and achieving a play-off spot. Since then the Shire have won four and drawn one and are into just 4-1 and have a great chance to improve those chances with a trip to Annan on Saturday.
Striker Kevin Nesbit has made a massive impact since making his debut for the Shire on on Feb 28 and has scored four goals in five appearances. McBookie make him 13-2 to score the opening goal at Annan.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Sekajja (Livingston) 11-2
McDonald (Peterhead) 7-1
Nesbit (East Stirling) 13-2