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. There was only no correct entries last week.
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 weekend’s selections – I said he was finished for the season but there are enough games for him to look at.
He says: There aren’t too many markets undecided in the SPFL but one that has taken on a new lease of life after last weekend is the finish second bottom in the Premiership following Killie’s 4-0 thrashing of the Accies at New Douglas Park.
So bad were the Accies their PA Announcer said: “There is no man of the match today as, quite frankly, none of them deserved it.”
Now Accies are just four points clear of Killie who now have a better goal difference with an eight-goal swing from their last game. It is still long odds on at 1-7 about Kilmarnock ending up in the play-offs but the heat is now on 4-1 shots Hamilton who had looked extremely safe before last weekend.
And Killie might close the gap even further on Saturday when they entertain Partick Thistle who have lost three on the bounce, including a 4-1 home defeat to Inverness last weekend.
Finding a Kilmarnock first goal scorer is probably a toss-up between Josh Magennis and Kris Boyd and preference is just for Boyd who has scored three in his last three matches after going 10 games without a goal.
Boyd will be desperate to keep Killie up and McBookie make him 6-1 to score the opening goal.
I was quite surprised in midweek by the dismal performances of Livingston and Cowdenbeath against lower-league opposition in the play-offs.
Stranraer in particular produced a fantastic effort to thrash Livingston 5-2 which was a remarkable result given Livi had beaten a strong Rangers side 1-0 a week earlier.
Livingston will now have to go for it but I think bookies have gone too short about Livi in this leg and as a result made Stranraer too big at 16-5.
They have just thrashed the Livi 5-2 and won four of their last five so it does seem a generous price.
Stranraer’s Mark McGuigan cashed in with a couple of goals in the first leg and has eight goals from his last 12 matches. McBookie make him 7-1 to score the first goal which would just about wrap up this tie for his side.
Cowdenbeath also lost away at lower-league opposition in their play-off against Queen’s Park which finished 2-0 but unlike Livi I think Cowdenbeath might actually pull this one back.
It’s only just over a month since they beat Championship play-off hopefuls Ayr and Peterhead without conceding a goal and I just can’t imagine Queen’s being able to achieve that level of form.
Queen’s opened the scoring after just 37 seconds in midweek and I can’t help but think that the early goal did for the Blue Brazil’s game plan.
Player-manager Colin Nish will hopefully had time to reflect on what went wrong and I think the evens quote of them winning the game is decent value.
Striker Greig Spence has had an amazing season scoring 17 league goals in a side that has finished second bottom. He is 19-5 at McBookie.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Boyd (Killie) 6-1
McGuigan (Stranraer) 7-1
Spence (Cowdenbeath) 19-5