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 only winner was Lyall with Stranraer’s Jamie Longworth at 19-5. Email [email protected] with your McBookie username to claim the 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: When tipping up Dunfermline’s Joe Cardle at 9-1 for the first goal last weekend I hardly expected him to follow his fourth-minute opener with two more goals!
But this Pars side is full of goals and after just five games they have a goal difference of +16 which is the same as Rangers in the Championship.
Dunfermline were chalked up at 7-2 back in July but five games in they are now just 1-3 and on Saturday host Ayr, their closest market rivals for the title at 7-1.
While fully expecting the Pars to win the league it is surely too early to chalk the Honest Men up at 5-1 for their visit to East End Park.
Ayr sit just two points behind the Fifers and are probably more like 7-2 chances for this game so there could be some value in the first scorer betting on them.
Blackburn striker Jordan Preston is in his second loan spell at Ayr and last season scored five times from 14 appearances in a struggling side that won just four of those games.
He hit form again last Saturday scoring twice against Stenhousemuir in a 5-2 win. McBookie make him 10-1 to score the game’s opening goal which looks fair given the relative results of the two teams this season.
Staying in League One and Airdrie took nine games to achieve their first win last season but have hit form a good bit earlier this campaign winning their last three matches.
At the time of writing the Diamonds are 7-4 outsiders for their visit to Cliftonhill and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are favourites over Albion Rovers come kick-off at 3pm on Saurday.
McBookie have long rated Airdrie boss Gary Bollan and he has brought in 11 players this season – either purchased or on loan – mostly from clubs playing at a higher level.
The Diamonds may prove the biggest threat to Dunfermline and yet can still be backed at a general 16-1 ew. Airdrie striker Bryan Prunty has a fantastic goals-to-games ratio – scoring 14 from 27 starts this season and 31 from 67 while at Dumbarton. He is 5-1 with McBookie to score the first goal on Saturday.
In League Two I am going once again for highly-rated striker Nathan Austin. He has scored in five of his last seven appearances and McBookie make him 5-1 second favourite behind Elgin’s Craig Gunn at 7-2 to be the League Two top scorer.
Austin gets a great chance to increase his goals tally this weekend with East Fife entertaining an Arbroath side that is in freefall. The Smokies are without a win in seven games this season, having lost six of them and drawn the other.
They finished last season winning just two of their last 21 matches and Austin is 4-1 with McBookie to continue their misery with the first goal of the game.
Preston (Ayr) 10-1
Prunty (Airdrie) 5-1
Austin (East Fife) 4-1
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