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. Last week's winner was Steve Reilly who was one of many to back Damian's Ouzy See at 11-2.
You can comment with your pick here and give any reasoning but to enter the contest you have to email email@example.com. Bonus excluders don't qualify for the prize.
Quote player's club and first-scorer price with McBookie – Scottish league and cup games only – for a chance to win.
For the second week running Damian picked two winners out of three last week and here are his weekend's selections.
He says: Christmas has come early for followers of this column (hi mum) after last Saturday’s selections Gary Fraser (13-2) and Ouzy See (11-2) followed up the previous weekend’s 8-1 and 6-1 winners.
And it is fitting at this time of the year the bookies look to be in a giving mood again this weekend. A common theme of this column is how firms get things so badly wrong when pricing up the lower leagues in Scotland.
And I just cannot fathom how League Two table-toppers Forfar are not odds on to win away to third bottom Cowdenbeath. The Loons have 32 points compared to Cowdenbeath’s haul of just 16 from the same number of games and Forfar are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game.
And their away form isn’t half bad either – five wins, one draw and one loss from their seven matches on the road in League Two. Gary Bollan’s side are 21-20 to maintain at least a five-point lead at the top of the table.
I’d have them much, much shorter at around 8-11 or 4-6 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them kick-off around those odds.
Midfielder Danny Denholm has a great scoring record since joining the Station Park outfit two years ago. Denholm has 20 goals from 61 matches and has five from his last 13 games this season. McBookie make him 13-2 to continue my good run with the opening goal of the game.
And I am not going to make no excuses for tipping the same side and player for the third week running – namely Edinburgh City and Ouzy See.
The Citizens’ League Two form figures from the last five games reads: WWDWW – taking 13 points from a possible 15.
On Saturday they travel to face Clyde whose league form figures over the same period is WLWLL – a total of just six points from 15.
Yet Clyde are chalked up as the 7-10 favourites and Edinburgh City 4-1 outsiders. And when you look at Clyde’s recent performances against the bottom three they have lost to Montrose and Cowdenbeath and drawn with Stirling.
That odds-on quote should carry a government wealth warning.
Anyway See has done the business for us the past two weekends and is 15-2 for the hat-trick of first goals with McBookie.
Finally, I am going to oppose Alloa who are two places and three points ahead of Queen's Park but ridiculously short at 3-5 especially given they have won one of their last six matches.
Queen's, on the other hand, have won their last four in a row, yet are a massive 17-4 for three points.
Amazingly Queen's Park’s Ross Millen is the only Spiders players to have scored more than one league goal and he has five. Millen is 16-1 with McBookie to grab the first goal away to Alloa.
Denholm (Forfar) 13-2
See (Edinburgh) 15-2
Millen (Queen's Park) 16-1