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 winners last week but first out of the hat was Harvey Fremantle who backed Derek Lyle of Queen of the South to score first at 7-1.
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: No league action this weekend but the IRN-BRU Cup keeps the show on the road for football punters.
But it is time to tread carefully as knowing the starting 11s is probably a prerequisite for a bet in this competition.
I don’t have luxury of that here so hopefully we can make a few smart assumptions and find some value in the first-scorer markets.
When it comes to quiz questions about who said famous quotes the answer is nearly always Oscar Wilde or Mark Twain.
One of Twain’s best-known quotes was: “The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour.”
Pretty obvious stuff so let’s put this into practice and try to work out which managers will play strong squads at the weekend.
In the last round League One Stranraer matched up against Spartans from the Lowland Leagueb ut any thoughts that Blues boss Brian Reid would rest a few of his players were soon dispelled when you saw their starting 11. The full first-team squad didn’t let him down and they ran out 7-1 winners.
On Saturday they entertain Championship side Dumbarton who have hardly covered themselves in glory against lower-league opposition in the League Cup this season.
The Sons drew 2-2 away to League Two Forfar, lost 2-0 at home to League One East Fife and drew 3-3 with Peterhead also from League One.
I think Stranraer have a great chance of opening the scoring and turning them over but bookies have Dumbarton as favourites.
Craig Malcolm has hit the ground running this season with his goals for Stranraer and has netted eight times in nine games. His goals-to-games ratio in his second spell at Stair Park is an impressive 0.42, slightly down from his 0.46 when first there.
McBookie make him 6-1 to score the opener which seems a reasonable price.
And I am going to take on another Championship side with League One opposition as I think Albion Rovers are over-priced at home to St Mirren.
Buddies boss Alex Rae still has a lot to prove as a manager after his spell at Dundee and numerous coaching jobs thereafter. Looking at his transfer activities you would think he is only allowed to bring in strikers as the squad is chock full of them.
And as a result he has chopped and changed his forward line-up every single week which has brought his side just two Championship points from four matches, including a 1-1 draw at struggling Ayr last weekend.
Rae is likely to shuffle his pack once again on Saturday and while they should be favourites I just couldn’t be tempted at 3-5.
Albion Rovers have hardly been in good form this season but at 4-1 with home advantage against an unsettled team they have a great chance of grabbing the first goal.
New boy Ross Stewart from Kilwinning Rangers seems to be making the most of his chance at Albion since being promoted from the subs bench to the starting 11 and struck twice in Rovers’ 2-2 draw with Peterhead recently. Stewart is a massive 19-2 with McBookie to score the opening goal.
Staying with the same theme I think League One Queens Park are overpriced at 11-5 to win at home Morton of the Championship.
The Spiders ended Livingston’s 100 per cent record last week with a home win and have not been disgraced in League Cup ties against Championship and Premiership opposition this season.
Aiden Malone joined from junior outfit Cambuslang in the summer and has earned a place in the starting 11 ahead of other strikers and is 13-2 with McBookie to be the game first scorer.
Can you find a winner this weekend? Email your entry to [email protected]
Malcolm (Stranraer) 6-1
Stewart (Albion Rovers) 19-2
Malone (Queen’s Park) 13-2