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. There were no winners last week.
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: To put it bluntly last weekend was a right kick in the balls. My headline 11-2 selection was Peterhead who won 2-1 away at League One leaders Livingston and scored the opener but for once Blue Toon goal machine Rory McAllister failed to find the net.
Close but no cigar. And I’m going for a similarly big-priced selection for this weekend’s headline tip, namely Aberdeen who are 5-1 to beat Celtic inside 90 minutes in the League Cup Final.
Last season the Dons beat Celtic twice in the Premiership and although they have lost twice to them this season I think 5-1 is too big.
A single goal separated the teams last month but the decisive factor for me is that the Bhoys chased the ball for 90 minutes against Barcelona in midweek.
The last time they played Barca in midweek earlier this season Celtic followed up that 7-0 reverse with a draw 2-2 against Inverness who at the time had taken just one point from their four Premiership games.
So some tired legs and drained minds might open the door for Derek McInnes’s side who have won eight of their last 10 games.
Adam Rooney is the main man when it comes to scoring goals for the Dons and he is also on the pens for them which always helps. McBookie make him 7-1 to open the scoring in the Final.
My second selection comes in the Scottish Cup in an all-League One tie where my pre-season ante-post picks Alloa are worth taking on away to Peterhead who so nearly did us a favour.
The Wasps have been in freefall since manager Jack Ross started being linked with the vacant St Mirren job and then subsequently left to go there. Hate it when that happens to ante-post bets.
Anyway Alloa have won just two of their last eight league matches and just one of their last six in all competitions and that was at home to League One’s bottom club Stenhousemuir.
Contrast that with Peterhead who have won four of their last six games including beating leaders Livingston last weekend and have lost just one match in that sequence. Now tell me who should be favourites?
The correct answer should be Peterhead, especially adding their home advantage to the current form of both teams, yet amazingly Alloa are the 11-8 favourites and Peterhead 15-8 outsiders.
To cut a long story short I went for McAllister last weekend and I’m sticking with him at 9-2 with McBookie to score the first goal.
I also tipped up Arbroath last weekend and all looked good going into injury time as they led 2-0. They say a week is a long time in politics, well it seems four minutes injury time is even longer at the Forthbank Stadium.
In that time Stirling’s Sean Dickson managed to score two goals, get himself booked for a foul and even had a shot saved in the final seconds which would have won it for the Binos.
I am prepared to overlook those late lapses from the Smokies and fully expect them to progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup at the expense of Clyde who continue to disappoint on a regular basis.
Arbroath are a massive 11-5 to win at Bradwood having beaten Saturday’s opponents 4-0 just two weeks ago in the league. Work that one out.
Steven Doris opened the scoring last weekend and is 13-2 with McBookie to do it again on Saturday.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected] – and for Scottish Cup games make sure prices are available.
Rooney (Aberdeen, Sunday) 7-1
McAllister (Peterhead) 11-2
Doris (Arbroath) 13-2