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 Alan who was one of two people who picked Ross County’s Liam Boyce at 6-1. 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: First the crowing. Here’s what we said about Ross County’s Liam Boyce last weekend,’Boyce is 6-1 with McBookie to open the scoring on Saturday and that looks massive’.
“Now down to finding some more gems hopefully. Raith boss Ray McKinnon is a man going places. His work at Brechin was there for all to see and to some extent still is with his former side bottom of League One now they are not under his stewardship.
“McKinnon has made a great start to his managerial life at Stark’s Park with his side sitting joint second in the Championship. In fact Raith’s only three defeats in the league this season under McKinnon have been away at Rangers, Hibs and Falkirk.
“At home Rovers boast four wins from four games, with eight goals scored and none conceded. Impressive stuff. So you’d probably expect them to be odds on for the visit of newly-promoted Morton on Saturday.
“Not a bit of it. McKinnon’s side are 5-4 shots to extend their winning home run in the league to five. Finding a Raith first scorer is a little tricky as goals have tended to be shared around.
“Mark Stewart was one player McKinnon inherited when he took over the reins and although Stewart missed a lot of pre-season through injury he has since established his place up front and has two league goals to his name this season. The former Celtic youth player is 6-1 with McBookie to score first.
“Airdrie are a team we have been looking to follow this season and so far so good with the Diamonds joint third on 13 points.
“They have only picked up a point in their last two games but you can forgive them that as one was a 2-1 loss against League One leaders Ayr while the other was a 1-1 draw at title favourites Dunfermline.
“Prior to that Airdrie had won three on the bounce and I’m a little surprised to see them odds against at home to Stranraer who have lost six of their last eight games.
“To be fair to Stranraer the other two games in that sequence were wins. But a 1-0 home win against Brechin means the only really solid form in their last eight matches is their 2-1 win at Forfar.
“McBookie had their eye on Airdrie’s George Hunter when he signed on loan for League Two side Elgin from St Johnstone. A speculative bet at big odds for him to be top scorer of League Two lasted just four sub appearances as he subsequently joined Airdrie.
“Hunter has made two starts for Airdrie and scored twice, plus two appearances as sub. The 19-year-old could have a future higher than League One and is 11-2 with McBookie to be the game’s first scorer.
“In League Two it hasn’t really happened for one of our pre-season fancies Stirling. The Binos have won just two of their 10 games this season.
“While Stirling have been struggling East Fife have shown of late they could be title contenders and have beaten favourites Queen’s Park and second favourites Clyde in their last five matches.
“When it comes to scoring East Fife’s goals there’s just one man to consider and that is Nathan Austin. The striker has six goals in eight league games and another two in the cups.
“He ended a “barren spell” of three games with a hat-trick at Montrose last weekend. Austin is 7-2 with McBookie to carry on where he left off with the first goal against Stirling.”
Can you find a winner!.
Stewart (Raith) 6-1
Hunter (Airdrie) 11-2
Austin (East Fife) 7-2
Can you find a winner!