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 no plenty correct entries last week but Damian landed a 15-2 winner.
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: So I finally hit gold last week when 11-2 outsiders Stenhousemuir beat East Fife and my 15-2 selection Colin McMenamin scored first.
It had been coming so hopefully I can find some more value in the first-scorer markets this weekend. It isn’t going to be straightforward though as there is just the IRN-BRU Cup and one League Two game to go at.
I must admit my knowledge of the Welsh and Irish teams that come into the Challenge Cup is a good deal less than limited. So it probably makes sense to give these a swerve and concentrate on the SPFL sides.
I am finding it hard to get a handle on Dundee Utd this seaso but only two clean sheets in 15 matches – many of which were against lower-league opponents in the Cup – probably tells its own story.
And it is eight games since that leaky Arabs defence last kept a clean sheet and in the last round of the IRN-BRU Cup they conceded two goals inside the first half at home to League One Peterhead.
This weekend they travel to face another League One side in the shape of Stranraer who have played 14 matches in all competitions winning seven and losing seven.
That inconsistency looks to becoming a little less so as the season wears on and the Blues have actually won four of their last six games – the last of which was a defeat against league leaders Brechin.
Stranraer, priced at 17-4 for the match, could be a bit of value to nick the first goal against Dundee Utd. Striker Mark McGuigan has scored four from his last eight games and is also on the pens for Stranraer. McBookie make him 8-1 to score the opening goal.
And I will also go for an IRN-BRU outsider for the second selection. St Mirren finally ended their tortuous process to find a new manager when Alloa boss Jack Ross was announced as the Buddies’ new gaffer this week.
Ross has done a fine job at the Wasps until a few wobbles once his name was linked with the St Mirren job but will still take charge of Alloa in the IRN-BRU Cup this weekend.
I expect he’ll have a close eye on St Mirren’s squad bloated with strikers as they take on Hibs at Easter Road this weekend. And plenty of the players will be looking to shine and I thought with that in mind the 6-1 about the Buddies was too big.
Ryan Hardie has made a great impact at St Mirren since joining on loan from Rangers and has three Championship goals from six games.
I fancied him for the first goal but sadly for us he was called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for their trip to Iceland. Hardie is a player who could pay his way for us this season with his goals but not this weekend so watch this space.
With Hardie away John Sutton at 9-1 with McBookie could be a bit of value to give St Mirren a boost.
I was a little surprised to see Elgin turned over last weekend at home to Annan but am just putting that down to a blip. I would have expected them to be a good bit shorter than 5-6 at home to Edinburgh City who are looking like the weakest side in the basement.
It always seems to be a toss-up going for either Craig Gunn or Shane Sutherland and I am taking the former who is 18-5 with McBookie to score the first goal.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
McGuigan (Stranraer) 8-1
Sutton (St Mirren) 9-1
Gunn (Elgin) 18-5