THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and cup first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker is back with his first-scorer tips and he’s also challenging punters to pick their own. Every week one person with a correct prediction will be chosen at random to win a £10 bet. Last week there were no winners.
You can comment with your pick here and give any reasoning but to enter the contest you have to email [email protected] Bonus excluders don’t qualify for the prize.
Quote player’s club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish league and play-off games only – for a chance to win.
You can choose this weekend from Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team, his odds and a reason if you like.
Meanwhile, here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his Saturday selections.
Damian says: “It is down to squeaky bum time as Sir Alex Ferguson used to say and it looks as if the odds compilers think the season is already over and have gone on their holidays as that can be the only explanation for their quote of 21-5 about Airdrie to win away to Alloa in the Championship play-off.
“Every way I look at this game I come up with the same answer – Airdrie are blinding value and one of the bets of the season.
“Let’s look at the head-to-head stats – the sides have met five times this season and the Diamonds lead the Wasps by three wins to two, including Wednesday’s 1-0 win in the play-off first leg.
“That hardly suggests Alloa should be 8-11 favourites to win this game. These are two teams that since the departure of Alloa’s Jack Ross to St Mirren are pretty well matched. Alloa might win and reach the play-off final but at these odds I just have to be with the Diamonds.
“This is one of those games where if you could have this bet every day for the rest of your life you would die rich, but not necessarily happy, as money isn’t everything.
“We don’t need to look far to find a first goalscorer for Airdrie as they have the top League One marksman in Andy Ryan with 23 goals from 32 league matches. That is a phenomenal record with a 72 per cent goals to games ratio, including six goals from his last three matches.
“Ryan is 7-1 with McBookie to make it seven goals in four games with the opener.
“The next selection is in the League One play-offs where again the bookies seem to have taken leave of their senses. Runners-up Forfar have been chalked up at 11-20 to win at home to Annan who are a massive 19-4.
“For those who need reminding the Loons, who had been runaway League Two leaders, threw away the title by winning just two of their last 13 matches from early February onwards.
“In exactly the same period Annan won wait for it … nine of their last 13 matches. And just a few days ago in the play-off first leg found themselves 2-0 up against Forfar with just 10 minutes to go until conceding two late goals.
“And just as Airdrie are one of the bets of the season so are the Galabankies and I have backed both.
“Peter Weatherson’s return to Annan in mid-January has played a large part in their revival and he scored the opener in midweek. McBookie make him a massive 7-1 to do the same again.
“The final selection is in the League two play-offs and it gets really tricky for the side who finishes bottom of League Two having played miserably all season to raise their level against the Lowland League champions who have dominated their division.
“As a result I am going to side with East Kilbride in their opening play-off leg at home to Cowdenebath. Bookies have Kilby as outsiders despite home advantage but I think it should be the other way around and Cowdenbeath should be the bigger price for this first leg.
“Paul Woods’s late-season goals certainly helped East Kilbride win the title after he was kicked out of Queen’s Park following a bust-up with Gus McPherson back in March. Having been substituted by the boss in a game against Brechin, Woods went straight to his car and drove home and right out of the club.
“McBookie make him 9-2 to get Kilby on their way with the game’s first goal.
“Can you find a winner this weekend!”
Ryan (Airdrie) 7-1
Weatherson (Annan) 7-1
Woods (East Kilbride) 9-2
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