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Here is McBookie’s Damian Walker’s first-scorer tips for this weekend. He writes: Raith Rovers will have turned the air blue in plenty of households on Tuesday night as their 3-0 home win over Queen of the South burst loads of midweek coupons.
But in great after-timing style the result probably wasn’t so much of a shock as Rovers have been doing okay in games they should be getting something out of this year and only last month pulled off a 2-1 Scottish Cup win away to Rangers.
Chances are they probably won’t take all three points from their game at home to an in-form Hibs side who suffered their first defeat since December 6 last weekend at the hands of Rangers. But in fair form and with home advantage Raith could easily grab the opening goal.
Rovers midfielder Lewis Vaughan is in fine scoring form at the moment with four goals in his last six outings and McBookie make him 8-1 to be Saturday’s first goalscorer.
As a usual theme here it is hard to believe at the time of writing that Dunfermline are favourites to beat Morton this weekend in League One.
Maybe compilers are getting carried away with two wins and a draw from their last three games for Dunfermline. Closer inspection shows those results were achieved against the bottom three clubs and prior to that Forfar, Brechin and Stranraer had taken their scalps.
Morton should have too much for the Pars this weekend and when it comes to goals for Ton there is no need to look further than Declan McManus who leads the League One scoring charts with 14 goals. McBookie make McManus 9-2 to score the first goal.
Berwick Rangers have got our odds compilers sweating over some bets we laid when they drifted out to 16-1 to make the League Two play-offs. They are now down to just 4-1 and their 4-1 away win at East Fife has them just four points of fourth spot with a game in hand.
Blair Henderson’s back-to-back goals have helped them to their last two wins. The young striker was prolific in his time at top junior outfit Bonnyrigg Rose and now looks to have finally secured a place in the starting 11 for Berwick.
McBookie make him 7-1 to make it three goals in a row with the first of the game against Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Arbroath’s fall from grace this year has coincided with East Stirling’s rise from the ashes and at the beginning of February the Smokies were 26 points ahead of the Shire in the League Two table.
Less than two months later and that gap is down to just 12 points with six wins for East Stirling against just one for Arbroath.
The pair meet on Saturday but once again it would appear bookies have been slow on the uptake as at the time of writing East Stirling are 12-5 outsiders despite holding home advantage and having beaten Arbroath 1-0 away at the beginning of March.
Last week we highlighted the recent scoring record of East Stirling striker Kevin Nesbit since he joined the club in February and given the disparity in the prices of the two teams it seems worth stick with Nesbit to grab the opening goal of the game at odds of 13-2 with McBookie.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Vaughan (Raith) 8-1
McManus (Morton) 9-2
Henderson (Berwick) 7-1
Nesbit (East Stirling) 13-2