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Here is McBookie’s Damian Walker’s first-scorer tips for this weekend. He writes: Many years ago when sports betting was in its infancy many people used to spout the golden rule of never backing odds-on aways.
It was of course a piece of nonsense as a team can be just as good value at odds-on away from home as they can be at home. If the bookies have got the prices wrong they have got them wrong, never mind if the team are playing at home or away.
However, imagine backing an odds-on away that has not won their last nine matches – losing five games and drawing the other four. That is where we are with Arbroath, winless in 2015 and 8-11 to win at Montrose this weekend and are doing a fine job of throwing away the League Two title.
We highlighted last week how Shane Sutherland was great value at 7-1 for Elgin at Arbroath and he obliged in that 3-3 draw.
And the Smokies followed that with an even more disappointing 1-0 loss at home to East Stirling in midweek.
Montrose are hardly in good form themselves and sit bottom of League Two but they drew 2-2 with Arbroath at the start of the year and with home advantage they probably have a better chance of scoring the first goal than the odds would suggest.
Garry Wood probably has the best chance of giving the Gable Endies an early goal having collected 10 goals this season, almost as many as the 11 yellow cards he has picked up. Wood is 6-1 with McBookie to score first.
It’s worth staying in League Two because bookies have once again missed a side putting together a nice little run that belies their league position. East Stirling’s win at Arbroath may have been a shock to many but the Shire had already beaten leaders Albion Rovers and second-placed Queen’s Park in the previous two weeks.
Player-manager Craig Tully has made some decent signings bringing in Partick striker Kevin Nesbit on loan as well as Alloa midfielder Adam Asghar.
While Tully is long odds against reaching the managerial heights of former Shire boss Sir Alex Ferguson who cut his teeth there, he is clearly doing some things right to have beaten the top three in just over a fortnight.
East Stirling travel to face Clyde on Saturday and the home side are odds on for the three points but the value may lie with the in-form visitors. Nesbit, who scored two on his debut on the last day of February, is 6-1 with McBookie to grab the game’s first goal.
Finally we’ve been with Morton a lot this season but every time we plump for Declan McManus, Ross Caldwell or Peter MacDonald score and vice-versa.
Anyway on current form and given their playing resources Ton look good value at even money to win at home to Forfar. McManus is 4-1 with McBookie to score first of course, so expect a Caldwell or MacDonald opener.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Wood (Montrose) 6-1
Nesbit (East Stirling) 6-1
McManus (Morton) 4-1