THE only online bookie that lists SPFL first-scorer prices for every game are McBookie. It’s a fantastic service but of course there is a limited card this weekend.
McBookie‘s Damian Walker gives his first-scorer tips every weekend and challenges punters to pick their own. Last weekend he had one correct out of three to make it three out of six which is a good strike rate.
One winner is picked at random every week to win a £10 free bet and last week the only person with a correct entry was thehonestman who backed Jordan Preston at 9-2 for his own side Ayr at home to Airdrie.
Leave your tip as a comment and quote player’s club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish games only. Here is Damian with this week’s selections.
He says: Caley Thistle’s Miles Storey kept our run going nicely last weekend so hopefully we can produce the goods again on Saturday.
It’s the third round of the Scottish Cup – and we’re just one round away from the big boys joining from the Premiership so lucrative ties are potentially at stake.
Perhaps the most interesting is the all-League-One clash between Ayr and Dunfermline at Somerset Park. Leaders Ayr head second-placed Dunfermline by three points yet despite that at the time of writing the bookmakers have Dunfermline as general 6-5 favourites with the Honest Men chalked up at around 9-5.
I would have called it the other way around. Ayr are unbeaten in their last 12 matches and their last defeat was against Premiership side Ross County in the League Cup back in August.
Ayr are also unbeaten at home in the league and were the last League One side to beat Dunfermline back in September.
The Pars have drawn three of their last four matches and having been free-scoring for much of the season, they have netted just three goals in their last 360 minutes of football.Maybe I am missing something but surely Ayr are the logical favourites to progress to the next round?
As such an Ayr first scorer looks the way to go and on-loan striker Jordan Preston has six goals from his last 11 matches which isn’t bad going.
Preston is 11-2 with McBookie to help Ayr move a step closer to the first round proper of the Scottish Cup.
Another all SPFL tie sees League One Peterhead entertain Championship side, Livingston. Both sides had fantastic results in the league last weekend with Peterhead thrashing Cowdenbeath 7-0 and Livi holding Rangers to a 1-1 draw.
I suspect without that 7-0 Peterhead win that Livingston might otherwise have been odds on for this. Prior to the Rangers draw Livi went down 2-1 to Hibs at Easter Road so they are certainly holding their own against two top sides in the Championship.
I’m inclined to think they should be shorter than their current quote of 6-5, especially after 180 minutes of playing against Rangers and Hibs going down by just the odd goal.
Livi striker Jordan White seems to have maintained the progress he made last season following his move from Stirling Albion in the summer of 2014. White has now scored 30 times from 70 starts for the Lions in the last two seasons.
That is no mean feat given that his side finished third from bottom last season and occupy that same position currently.
White should find life a lot easier this Saturday in the Cup against lower-league opposition and is 5-1 with McBookie to grab the opening goal.
In the Premiership Dundee were the toast of McBookie last weekend after their 1-1 draw at Tynecastle thwarted a massive gamble on the Jambos.
Match reports and stats suggest punters might have been unlucky and Hearts can be backed at odds against this weekend for their trip to Fir Park to face Motherwell. Hearts have won five of their last nine games with a home loss to Celtic representing the only defeat.
With Motherwell shipping six goals in the last two matches the Jambos look good for the three points and I’m sure punters will think so again too.
Big Spanish striker Juanma Delgado returns to the Jambos side after suspension and already has eight goals from 14 starts.
Not a typically Spanish player (more SPFL than La Liga), Juanma looks good at 19-4 with McBookie to score the opener.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Preston (Ayr) 11-2
White (Livingston) 5-1
Juanma (Hearts) 19-4