THE only online bookie that lists SPFL and Scottish 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’s winner was Andy McMullan of Airdrie who tipped Martin Boyle of Hibs.
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 cup games only – for a chance to win.
Here is Damian with this weekend’s selections.
He says: I went for three big outsiders last weekend and failed to find a first scorer so back to the grindstone this weekend.
Brechin are a team who have done this column a couple of favours already this season having been under-rated by the bookies despite a brilliant run at the end of last term.
And despite sitting second in the table the Hedgemen find themselves outsiders again this time at 8-5 away to 6-4 favourites Airdrie.
Much of Brechin’s success has been achieved on the road where they have taken an amazing 15 points out of a possible 18 in League One.
So a trip to Airdrie, who have lost three of their six homes league games already this season, should hold no fears.
It usually pays to stick with in-form strikers when seeking out first scorers and you can’t find better than Ross Caldwell who bagged a hat-trick in Brechin’s 3-1 win away to Peterhead last weekend.
Caldwell has spent much of the season coming off the bench but has five goals from his four starts. Surely boss Darren Dods will put him in starting 11 this weekend after last Saturday’s exploits and he is 6-1 with McBookie for the first goal.
I keep waiting for Stranraer’s season to catch fire but they went out like a damp firework in last weekend’s Bonfire Night game at home to Queen’s Park when they lost 2-0.
That makes it just four points from their last five games and three of those points came in an away win at bottom club Stenhousemuir.
It is time to start taking them on until they show some sort of spark (no more fireworks puns) so I’ll be looking for an Albion Rovers first scorer against them on Saturday.
Paul Willis has three goals this season from midfield and got nine in the last campaign and might be worth a speculative effort for the first goal at decent odds of 8-1 with McBookie.
Finally, I’m going for a “banker” in League Two now Forfar seem to have found their feet again after ending a six-game winless with a 3-0 victory away to Stirling last weekend.
On Staurday the Loons host Berwick who themselves are six games without a win in a run that includes a disastrous Scottish Cup defeat at home to Lowlands side Hawick Royal Albert.
I just can’t see Berwick getting anything from this game and hopefully Gavin Swankie can get back-to-back goals following his strike in last weekend’s win.
Swankie has had a bit of a goal drought this season but his overall record is excellent and he is 19-5 with McBookie to add to that with the first goal.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Caldwell (Brechin) 6-1
Willis (Albion Rovers) 8-1
Swankie (Forfar) 19-5