THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com – and Damian Walker is back with his popular first-scorer tips.
It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues.
Also leave your pick of first scorers at the end of this article for a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com. Last week’s winner after a lucky draw was Dougie Givens who took Ayr’s Jordan Preston at 19-5. Email your McBookie username to [email protected] to claim your prize.
You can choose this weekend from the Championship and Challenge Cup – just four games. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team and his odds – and a reason if you like.
Here is McBookie.com man Damian Walker’s Saturday selections.
He says: I nearly got the treble up last weekend after 6-1 Raith first scorer Mark Stewart and then 7-2 shot Nathan Austin grabbed the first goal in the East Fife game but sadly George Hunter couldn’t give us a 100 per cent record in Airdrie’s match.
Still we seem to be finding some form which is a shame as it is pretty slim pickings this weekend with just three Challenge Cup quarter-finals and a Championship game to go at.
Starting in the Championship and Queen of the South’s home game with Morton is a repeat of their August 25 League Cup clash at Palmerston Park where the Doonhamers lost 1-0.
Prior to that defeat Queen of the South had come out on top in all six of their matches, two after extra time. That loss to Morton was their first of the season but since that August day Queens have played six more times, losing four and drawing two (one at home to Morton again).
In fact during the whole seven-game sequence which includes the Morton game the Doonhamers have failed to score in five of them.
So here’s a question, knowing that background would you take even money about Queen of the South beating Morton at home on Saturday?
You can probably guess what my answer is, so there’s probably some value in finding a Morton first scorer especially with Queensstru ggling so desperately for goals themselves.
Former Celtic youth player Denny Johnstone actually began his youth career at Palmerston before being snapped up by the Bhoys and then joining Birmingham in 2014. Now on loan at Morton, Johnstone has been gaining plenty of experience out on loan at various clubs and has already scored three times for this season including one against Queens. Johnstone is 15-2 with McBookie to open the scoring on Saturday.
In the Challenge Cup it is worth having a close look at the starting 11s in the hour before kick-off. In the last round at Annan several St Mirren players who started have failed to feature again and I suspect the Buddies might not play their best starting 11 against League One Dunfermline.
But even if they do I’d still be looking to find a Pars first scorer in this game as the Buddies are really struggling and 1-1 draws at home in the Championship against the bottom two clubs, Alloa and Livingston, hardly inspire confidence.
Much has been made of the goalscoring feats of Dunfermline’s Faissal El Bakhtaoui this season but Joe Cardle from a midfield position is actually level with him on eight league goals from nine games. Cardle is 6-1 with McBookie to score the opening goal.
Finally in Peterhead’s Challenge Cup tie with Stenhousemuir I don’t really like the quote of 4-6 about Peterhead. The Blue Toon are level on 11 points with Stenny in League One and have drawn four and lost two of their six matches.
That’s not a recipe for taking odds on so there may just be some value in a Stenny first scorer. On current form Stenny’s Alan Cook fits the bill with four goals from his last eight games and is 13-2 with McBookie to be the first scorer.”
Can you find a winner!
Johnstone (Morton) 15-2
Cardle (Dunfermline) 6-1
Cook (Stenhousemuir) 13-2
Can you find a winner!