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. I have last week's winner's details on the office emails and I'll update the post on Friday night. You know who you are anyway.
You can comment with your pick here and give any reasoning but to enter the contest you have to email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: I said last weekend Christmas had come early for the follower/s of this column.
And it is the gift that just keeps giving as I followed two great weekends with a 16-1 first scorer in Ross Millen last Saturday.
After nine correct WDW tips from the last three weeks and six first-scorer winners at odds of 16-1, 8-1, 13-2, 6-1 and 11-2. Time to get the holiday brochures out!
They say pride comes before a fall, so in all likelihood here’s three losers. Much as it pains me to say it but my pre-season League One antepost picks Alloa have gone at the game.
I’ve taken them on a lot recently but the bookies still keep them onside which is surprising as they have won just one League One match from eight games since the end of October.
As a result they are a massive 12 points behind leaders Livingston and their title odds of 8-1 reflect ante-post liabilities rather than their real chance.
On Saturday they entertain Brechin, who are on a fairly poor run of their own, but sit a point above Alloa in third.
The Hedgemen have won two of their last eight league games including a 2-0 win over Stranraer last weekend.
When I priced this game in my head before seeing the “real” odds I had Alloa 11-10 and 23-10 Brechin. So I had to look twice to confirm Alloa are priced at 13-20 and its 21-5 Brechin.
The value call has to be a Brechin first scorer and I quite like the look of new loanee Connor McLennan from Aberdeen. The 17-year-old striker scored on his first start for Brechin and has represented Scotland at U16 and U17 level.
He is very well regarded at Pittodrie and seems to have overcome a spell of injuries that dogged him last season. McLennan could be in a different class down at League One level and is 13-2 with McBookie to grab the opening goal.
I’m staying in League One for my second selection and going against the league leaders Livingston. Livi have won their last five matches in all competitions but Saturday’s opponents Queens Park have won four of their last five and drawn the other.
The Spiders are up to fourth in the table having had a dreadful September and October which saw them win just one league match. There is no doubt Livi should be favourites but not at 4-11 and 8-1 about Queen's Park is nonsense.
Dario Zanatta has scored just one goal from 10 games since joining Queen's on loan from Hearts but he’s obviously been showing Gus MacPherson plenty as he has persisted with him in the starting line-up week after week.
Hopefully he clicks on Saturday as he is 9-1 with McBookie to score the first goal against Livi. The final selection will be a Morton player as they should be odds on for their home game with Queen of the South.
The Ton have drawn with Hibs and Dundee Utd in the past month and are up to fourth in the table with a game in hand on those three clubs above them. The Doonhamers might be turning the corner having drawn their last two, but 6-5 about Morton still looks good.
Gary Oliver leads the way with five Championship goals for Morton and is 13-2 with McBookie to make it six with the opening goal.
McLennan (Brechin) 13-2
Zanatta (Queen's Park) 9-1
Oliver (Morton) 13-2