THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com. 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.
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Meanwhile, here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his Saturday selections.
Damian writes: I said Hearts were the value to beat Rangers last weekend and that 8-1 shot Osman Sow was a big price to score the opener.
Hearts won, Sow scored, but the profit and loss column shows … a loss as Sow netted Hearts’ winner and not the opener.
It’s too early to start reaching for the hard stuff so we’ll see what we can dig out in the way of value this weekend.
It is dangerous to draw too many conclusions about sides after just a couple of games but already Rangers look a team to take on this season, especially against the better sides in the Championship.
A narrow extra-time home win over Hibs in the League Cup and a loss at home to Hearts in the league does not suggest they will run away with the Championship in the way they did League One last season.
Yet at the time of writing they are 8-13 with McBookie to win away at Falkirk on Friday night in their live BT Sport clash.
The Bairns were just three points behind champions Dundee last season and in Rory Loy they have a proven goalscorer who has already hit the ground running with three goals in two starts.
Loy is a massive 15-2 with McBookie to score the first goal of the game. We normally stick with Saturday matches but this one looked too good to miss (expect him to score the winning second goal).
Staying in the Championship and Livingston are a team I will be taking this season when they are up against other likely strugglers in the division.
Plenty seem to agree Livi will struggle as they are just 3-1 with McBookie to finish bottom this season having been chalked up at 8-1 back in July. The club have also been hit with a disciplinary hearing into five alleged breaches of SFA ownership rules. Despite this background the Lions are still odds on to beat Cowdenbeath at home on Saturday.
It is probably worth taking a chance on a Blue Brazil first scorer and Lewis Milne has two in two and yet is 14-1 to grab the opener with McBookie as well as a huge 9-2 to score at any time. Both look fair bets.
While Livi are a team I will be swerving for the time being, Albion Rovers are a side I have got behind both in match betting and ante-post this season. McBookie have also tried to keep the Wee Rovers onside so far and are the only firm to have them as their League Two title favourites at 3-1.
Albion travel to fellow title seekers Arbroath with the Smokies just slightly bigger than even money for Saturday’s game at the time of writing. That gives us a great chance to back John Gemmell to open his League account for Albion. “The Beast” is 5-1 with McBookie to score and that will do.
Loy (Falkirk) 15-2 to score first (Friday)
Lewis (Cowdenbeath) 14-1 to score first, 9-2 any time
Gemmell (Arbroath) 5-1 to score first
Remember, McBookie.com are the only online bookmaker that allows you to bet on scorer markets in the Championship, League One and League Two.
Can you find a winner this weekend?