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 four winners and after a random draw the prize goes to Danny Gallagher who tipped Peterhead’s Rory McAllister at 4-1.
You can choose this weekend from the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two 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: It’s hard to know what to make of Livingston’s 4-1 win away to Queen of the South last weekend. Sure, the Doohamers had been in poor form prior to that – winning just one of their previous nine matches – but to capitulate at home to the side who were bottom of the table was a surprise.
So was it case of Queen of the South being exceptionally poor or that Livingston might be a bit a bit better than their league position suggests? Or maybe a bit of both?
So my first two scorer picks this weekend will be one against Queen of the South and the other for Livi. We shall see which theory is right. Hopefully it is a bit of both.
Queen of the South are odds on at 5-6 to win at Alloa who are 31-10. Although the league position doesn’t indicate it Alloa manager Danny Lennon has started to make some progress with the Wasps especially at the back.
Alloa shipped 17 goals in their first six games this season but have got that down to just 10 goals in their next eight and just a goal apiece in their last three.
Finding an Alloa first scorer is a little tricky as no player has scored more than one goal in the Championship with the summer transfer of Liam Buchanan to Livingston proving a big loss.
Michael Duffy joined Alloa at the start of the season on loan from Celtic and the young Northern Irishman has yet to find the net but has been getting regular games and is 10-1 with McBookie to open the scoring on Saturday. He is worth a dart.
Finding a Livingston scorer for their home game with Raith is a little easier. The previously mentioned Buchanan has scored six goals from his last 11 games and is a generous-looking 15-2 with McBookie to score the first goal at home to Raith and build on that great win last weekend.
In League One there ought to be plenty of Dunfermline goals as the Pars top the SPFL scoring chart and their opponents, Cowdenbeath, have shipped the most goals. However with the Pars just 1-3 for that away game the odds about their first scorers are not so appealing, especially when compared to those of Ayr strikers this weekend.
The Honest Men sit just a point behind Dunfermline and host Stranraer who were thumped 3-0 at home by leaky Cowdenbeath last weekend.
So you’d expect similarly short odds about Ayr, right? Not a bit of it. Ayr, even with home advantage, are a massive 20-23. Just a shade of odds on. That surely can’t last.
So there ought to be some value to be had with an Ayr first scorer. Step forward Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Preston who has netted four times in his last seven games joining Ayr on loan. Preston is 5-1 with McBookie to score first.
Can you find a winner!
Duffy (Alloa) 10-1
Buchanan (Livingston) 15-2
Preston (Ayr) 5-1
Can you find a winner!