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 there were just four games in Scotland and three people picked QoS’s Derek Lyle to score first at 9-2. After a lucky draw James Morrison is the winner ahead of Donald Priest and William MacFarlane. James, email your McBookie username to [email protected] to claim your prize.
You can choose this weekend from the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two. 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: After two cracking weekends tipping we came a cropper last Saturday in some style so let’s hope for something better now we have a full programme to go at.
Let’s start in the Premiership and with Hamilton. The Accies have had three wins and three defeats from their last six matches but two of those losses were at home to Celtic and away at Aberdeen during the Dons’ unbeaten run.
On Saturday they entertain Dundee who last weekend beat Motherwell. Prior to that the Dark Blues were thrashed 6-0 by Celtic and drew 3-3 with Ross County who had been leading 3-1 before the Staggies were reduced to 10 men.
On balance of form this season and more recently I am inclined to think Accies should be odds on and not their current quote of 11-10. Finding a first scorer based on form throws up veteran forward Dougie Imrie who has scored the winner in two of the last three Hamilton games.
Imrie has a poor strike rate since joining Accies but given his recent form and his odds of 12-1 for the first goal with McBookie I am prepared to overlook that goals-to-games ratio.
In the Championship Dumbarton started the season in great form with wins over long odds-on shots Hibs and St Mirren.
Since the end of August their form has dipped and they ended a seven-game winless run with a 2-1 win over Livi this weekend.
However, there had been signs things were improving with a 2-1 defeat to Rangers with 10 men and a 1-0 loss at second-placed Raith.
On Saturday the Sons are a massive 17-2 for their trip to Easter Road. While I’m not saying they will win Dumbarton are probably too big given they have already beaten Hibs in the home fixture.
Dumbarton’s Garry Fleming has scored three goals this season and is also on the pens. McBookie make him 12-1 to score first.
Dropping into League Two and it is difficult to see why Montrose are so big at 31-10 for their visit to Arbroath, especially after their 1-0 away win at title favourite, Queen’s Park.
The Smokies have improved recently but still sit five points behind Montrose so we’ll be siding with the away team.
Montrose’s Graham Webster has scored five goals in eight league matches this season which is some going and is 13-2 with McBookie to be the game’s first scorer.
Can you find a winner!
Imrie (Hamilton) 12-1
Fleming (Dumbarton) 12-1
Webster (Montrose) 13-2
Can you find a winner!