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 – not even one for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele. Well done to Austin Hay who tipped Derek Lyle of Queen of the South as a comment but didn’t email me.
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: I made out a great case for Celtic hammering Rangers last weekend but sadly my selection Leigh Griffiths was injured. Josh Skelly’s 12th-minute strike for Arbroath didn’t even help as that wasn’t the first goal.
Such is life. Anyway we are five games into the new SPFL league programme and already some strong markers have been put down. None more so than Livingston’s 3-1 away win at League One favourites Alloa.
I must admit I didn’t see this one coming especially as the Wasps had won all 10 in league and cup competitions before that loss. We get a quick chance to assess if this might a true reflection of their ability or maybe just one of those one-off games where everything clicks.
And I am betting on the latter. Remember seven days earlier Livi lost 1-0 at newly-promoted Queen’s Park who provided Peterhead with their first win of the league campaign a week later.
Maybe if Livingston were playing one of the also-rans in the division I might not be so keen to take them on but on Saturday they are 5-6 to beat League One leaders Brechin who are a massive 16-5.
In fact the Hedgemen are the form side in this division. They looked doomed and were 1-12 to finish bottom with 10 games to go in the 2015-16 campaign. Incredibly they won eight of their last 10 matches and actually finished seventh.
And they have carried on where they left off, winning four of their five League One games and drawing the other. Still fancy Livi at 5-6?
Brechin’s Andy Jackson seems to have been around forever but is only 28 having started out with the big boys as a 16-year-old at St Johnstone. Jackson has started the season well with five goals from 10 appearances and McBookie make him 13-2 to score the opening goal.
There are lots of teams I think are overpriced this weekend and none more so than Dumbarton. The Sons have had a tough start to the Championship programme and have recently played Hibs, Falkirk and Dundee Utd.
And they haven’t actually done that badly. Losing by a single goal to Hibs last weekend and the same at Falkirk the week before and beating Dundee Utd 1-0.
On Saturday they entertain St Mirren who have drawn two of their five Championship games and lost the other three and in between almost went out of Challenge Cup to League One Albion Rovers.
Amazingly the bookies have Dumbarton at 9-4 and the Buddies at 23-20. I would have thought at best for St Mirren this was a 6-4 both sides game.
Finding a Dumbarton first scorer is not straightforward as hardly anyone has been among the goals this season.
But if we go back to last season Robert Thomson’s goals were instrumental in rescuing Brechin from the drop to League Two. He scored eight goals from those last 10 matches before moving to the Sons on a free in the summer.
Thomson has scored twice this season and is 7-1 with McBookie to be the game’s first scorer.
The final selection will be a Dunfermline scorer against Morton. The Pars incredibly missed three first-half penalties at home to Dundee Utd and without those misses who knows what the score would have been as they would have gone in 3-1 up at half-time?
On Saturday they travel to Cappielow to face a Morton side who gave Ayr their first Championship win of the season.
When I priced this game up mentally in my head I had the Pars as favourites, bookies see it differently but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dunfermline backed into favouritism.
Gavin Reilly started the penalty misses last weekend so hopefully he can make amends by scoring the opener seven days later at 6-1 with McBookie.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Jackson (Brechin) 13-2
Thomson (Dumbarton) 7-1
Reilly (Dunfermline) 6-1