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.
Thanks to everyone who entered last week. There were a handful of winner and first out of the hat was ianlinds03 who tipped Simon Church at 9-2 for Aberdeen against St Johnstone. Email [email protected] 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 sharp blow to the head last weekend. I tipped up 9-1 shots Dumbarton as value at home to Hibs and to score the first goal but sadly my selection was sat on the bench at the time. It’s a case of money back but finding a 9-1 winner and not collecting feels like a loser.
Anyway one of the things I struggle to understand, among numerous other things, is why certain teams at certain times or seasons perform much better either at home or away.
At my school an away trip for the four football teams with 50 boys sat on a crowded bus for more than half an hour usually resulted in at least three kids stopping the driver to be sick (to the sound of cheers from those looking out of the windows).
And you could probably expect a slightly under-par effort from those involved compared to a home game. But I don’t suspect the Brechin bus driver gets a tap on the shoulder from Darren Dods to ask to pull over for a few minutes while he’s spews up on the trip to Peterhead.
However, Brechin’s recent away form suggest they may have a few bus sickies in the team as it reads LLDLLLLL, including shipping eight goals in their last two trips.
Things have actually been a good bit better at home for the League One’s bottom club with a record of WLDDWD. And that sole loss was a 2-1 home defeat to runaway leaders, Dunfermline.
Brechin entertain Ayr United at Glebe Park on Saturday and although 25 points separate the two teams it might just be worth chancing a first goal for Brechin.
Striker Robert Thomson has eight goals from 19 games which given City’s position in the table is creditable and he also scored in their 4-0 midweek win over Forfar. Thomson is 9-1 with McBookie to open the scoring.
Now on to the game that has attracted more interest and pre-game bets than any other in Scotland this season – Rangers v Dundee in the Scottish Cup.
I always try to price up the Scottish games in my head before looking at the odds themselves as an aid to working out where the value may lie. So the odds I came up with were 11-8 Rangers 13-5 draw and 15-8 Dundee.
And here’s the “real” prices 4-7, Rangers 10-3 draw and 9-2 Dundee. I wasn’t alone and McBookie already have significant Dundee liabilities on this game.
While Rangers are running away with the Championship the week-in week-out challenge for them makes them vulnerable when playing Premiership opposition, especially defensively as we saw in the League Cup against St Johnstone.
So if we think the Dundee win odds are massively in our favour let’s not get silly going for a big outside but stick with Kane Hemmings who has 14 goals from his last 13 games and is a massive 7-1 with McBookie to score the first goal.
Finally the last selection is in League Two where leaders Elgin host East Fife after the Fifers really blew it in midweek with a 3-0 defeat away to Queen’s Park.
Elgin are two points clear of East Fife with a game in hand and a win on Saturday will put them firmly in control of the title race.
The game also sees the clash of the two most prolific strikers in the division with Elgin’s Craig Gunn on 18 goals and Nathan Austin of East Fife on 17. McBookie bet 8-11 Gunn and 5-4 Austin in the top-scorer betting.
I just favour Elgin given East Fife’s awful result in midweek and Gunn at 16-5 with McBookie to score the first goal.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Thomson (Brechin) 9-1
Hemmings (Dundee) 7-1
Gunn (Elgin) 16-5