Oct 1: SPFL First Scorer Tips & Contest


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 plenty of correct tips last week and the winner picked at random is Dennis Western who picked David McKenna of Alloa at 7-2. His account has been credited.

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 games only – for a chance to win.

Here is Damian with this weekend’s selections.

He says: This is starting to get annoying. Last week’s 9-1 shot Robert Thomson scored but not first as did 5-1 chance Craig Gunn and I also got the Forfar result correct but not the first goal.

Three posts hit so it is time to start finding the back of the net. The first price that caught my eye was in League One.

At the start of the season McBookie went 2-1 Stenhousemuir would finish bottom and 7-1 newly-promoted East Fife would be the ones propping up the table.

And after seven games East Fife have 11 points and sit in fourth place while Stenhousemuir have just three points and are actually bottom.

So East Fife are rightly favourites for the visit of the Warriors on Saturday but I can’t see they can be as short as 4-9 with Stenny chalked up at 11-2.

If you drop down to League Two you will see leaders Forfar, with a 100 per cent record and 21 points, are the same price at home at 4-9 to beat Montrose with just six points. I know which 4-9 shot I’d rather be on.

And while the Fifers were beating Livingston last weekend Stenhosuemuir also did their stuff by holding title favourites Alloa to a 2-2 draw.

When going for an 11-2 shot there’s no point trying to be too clever with the first scorer-which means Stenny’s main man Colin McMenamin at 15-2 with McBookie fits the bill.

Moving up a league into the Championship and I thought Dunfermline would be clear favourites at Somerset but at they are 8-5 with Ayr 6-4.

My next tip comes from the Premiership and it has to be worth a sniff at getting a first scorer for Partick Thistle away to Rangers.

The opposition has scored first against Rangers in five of their seven Premiership fictures this season – a list that includes Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Hamilton.

And while Thistle might be bottom they could easily grab the first goal as so many have already this season.

The Jags’ Chris Erskine has been in great scoring form this season with five goals from 10 matches including three in the league and McBookie make him 14-1 to make it six in 11 with the opener.

Finally I thought Cowdenbeath looked a good price even at 5-6 to win at home to managerless Stirling. I thought they’d be more like 8-13 or 4-7.

The Blue Brazil have just seven points from seven games but have come up against Forfar, Elgin and Clyde this season, losing out by the odd goal to the former two sides.

The Binos have shipped 14 goals from their last four games and could get another hammering on Saturday.

Nikolay Todorov joined Cowdenbeath on loan from Hearts at the start of the season and has made a decent start. He is 9-2 with McBookie for the first goal on Saturday.

Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]

Recommended Bets

McMenamin (Stenny) 15-2

Erskine (Partick Thistle) 14-1

Todorov (Cowdenbeath) 9-2

Damian Walker

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