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 plenty of correct tips last week and the winner picked at random is Tom Andrews who went for Motherwell’s Louis Moult at 11-2.
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 drew a blank with last weekend’s three first-scorer selections so hopefully I can find a value winner or two this weekend.
I always try to price up games in my head before seeing the “real” odds bookmakers come up with and going down the leagues the first game I was a big difference on came in the Championship.
Bookies seem to think Raith are good things at 8-13 to see off Dumbarton who are 22-5 shots. And had this game taken place towards the end of last month when Raith were top I would probably wouldn’t argue with those odds.
In their first seven games this season Rovers conceded just four goals but since August 27 they have drawn one and lost another three, conceding 10 goals in total from just four games.
So I really struggle to see how they should be 8-13 even against a struggling Dumbarton side. The Sons for my money are value to score the opening goal.
Last weekend I tipped them as outsiders to score first against St Mirren, which they did, but sadly not my selection Robert Thomson.
I see no reason to desert Thomson, who finished last season with a great run for Brechin, and is 9-1 with McBookie to score the first goal on Saturday.
Dropping right down into the basement and it is the biggest game of the season with second-placed Clyde entertaining League Two leaders Forfar.
The Loons were my antepost selection at the start of the season and it is a case of so far so good with 18 points from six games.
You would have got a big price about them being the last team in Scotland to have a 100 per cent league record but that is where we are after Celtic’s draw with Caley Thistle last weekend and Hibs’ home defeat to Ayr.
Anyway the bookies can’t separate Clyde and Forfar in the betting but I’ll do it for them and stick my neck out saying the visitors should be solid favourites.
Forfar have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league but scoring has been their game and they average three goals a match in League Two.
Striker Josh Peters was manager Gary Bollan’s ninth signing in pre-season and it might just be his most significant one.
Peters has scored 10 goals from 11 appearances since joining from Hibs and scored a double in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Stirling.
McBookie make him 11-2 to add to that impressive scoring record with the opening goal of the game.
The bookies also can’t split Stirling and Elgin this weekend but with Stirling’s defence shipping 2.33 goals a game, Elgin’s top marksmen Craig Gunn and Shane Sutherland will fancy their chances.
Gunn is 7-1 third favourite to be the League Two top scorer this season and can improve his chances with the opening goal of the game at 5-1 with McBookie.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Thomson (Dumbarton) 9-1
Peters (Forfar) 11-2
Gunn (Elgin) 5-1