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 winners last week on a card that included just IRN-BRU Cup games.
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: Three sharp blows to the head last weekend – the three League One outsiders I picked in the IRN-BRU Cup all scored first against Championship opposition but sadly not with the scorer I had selected.
In fact Queen’s Park and Stranraer both went on to win their games with Albion Rovers only losing out in extra time.
So a case of feeling justified but not financially rewarded. Of the two I know which I’d have preferred.
Anyway, time for the luck to change and I’m starting this week in League One with Stranraer who we tipped last Saturday.
At the beginning of the season I suggested here Alloa and Stranraer were my two for the title. The Wasps are looking good but the Blues have taken just three points from their four League One games.
However, I am still inclined to think Stranraer will be up there at the end of the season and three wins from their last four games, with just two goals conceded, suggests things are improving.
Manager Brian Reid has improved on the squad that finished fourth last season and now is probably a great time to keep them onside as he seems to have steadied the ship, especially at the back.
On Saturday they travel to East Fife who took a beating at Alloa last weekend in the IRN-BRU Cup. When I priced this game up in my head I had Stranraer at 6-5 favourites with East Fife 15-8.
All the bookies see it the other way around but once again I think they are wrong and wouldn’t be surprised to see the favourites flip come kick-off.
Last week I tipped up Craig Malcolm for the first goal and see no point deserting him. Malcolm’s scored eight already this season and is 6-1 with McBookie to score first on Saturday.
Arbroath along with Forfar were my two tips for the League Two title at the start of the season and little that has happened has changed that view. So I am astonished to see Arbroath chalked up at 85-40 to win at Clyde, who are 23-20.
Clyde have beaten Montrose and Cowdenbeath in the league but lost to Annan and drawn with Stirling Albion and shipped eight goals in the process.
I am not convinced they should be so short at home to Dick Campbell’s Smokies side who have been transformed in terms of the playing personnel during the summer.
Campbell seems to be getting a nice tune out of 19-year-old striker Josh Skelly who has joined on loan from Dundee and scored back-to-back goals in his first two starts, including a 30-yeard wonder strike.
Skelly could turn out to be a class above this level this season and is 6-1 with McBookie to grab the opener.
It’s not often I stray into the Premiership as I usually feel the big value lies in the lower reaches of the SPFL but based on performances this season Celtic should be even shorter than 4-6 to beat Rangers.
The Gers have drawn with Hamilton and Kilmarnock and scored a last-gap winner against Motherwell. Those three sides would probably be just about the worst in the division while Celtic have beaten Hearts, St Johnstone and Aberdeen – thrashing the Dons 4-1 in emphatic fashion.
McBookie is seeing plenty of activity on the Celtic -1 and Celtic -2 handicaps and I’m not surprised. Rangers may well put in their performance of the season but will need to by some way if they are to avoid defeat.
There is little point looking anywhere else than Leigh Griffiths for the first goal and McBookie’s quote of 17-5 about him scoring the opener looks good value.
However, he is a doubtful starter to check latest team news.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Malcolm (Stranraer) 6-1
Skelly (Arbroath) 6-1
Griffiths (Celtic) 17-5*
*If he starts