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 no winners last week.
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Here is Damian with this weekend's selections.
He says: Let’s start this week’s column with a question: How would you like to back a Championship team at odds of 13-20 who have lost six of their last seven matches and their only win during that run was a cup game against lower-league opposition?
Hopefully you answered: “No thanks, I’ll pass.” The team in question are Queen of the South and it gets even worse because their last league win was way back on September 17 and they’ve taken just two points from their last seven Championship games. In midweek they were dumped out of the Scottish Cup by League One Albion Rovers with Celtic awaiting the winners.
Make no mistake the Doonhamers are in freefall but maybe the appointment of East Fife boss Gary Naysmith as manager on Thursday evening can bring about a Lazarus-like recovery? He may well do but I’d bet it may take a little longer than 48 hours to turn it around.
So the odds of 21-5 about Dumbarton beating Queen of the South this weekend are way too big to these eyes, especially since the teams shared a 0-0 draw the last time they met at the beginning of October.
So I am going to go for our old friend Sons’ striker Robert Thomson, who has done this column a few favours, to score the first goal at 17-2 with McBookie.
Dropping down into League One and I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn’t seeing things when Airdrie were priced up at 11-5 to win at Peterhead.
The Diamonds had won five matches in a row before going down 2-1 to league leaders Livingston last weekend. That was hardly a bad result and with Peterhead winning just one of their last four it is Airdrie who should be 23-20 favourites and not Peterhead.
Airdrie’s Andy Ryan looks a cracker of a free transfer from Forfar as the striker has eight league goals from 13 matches this season.
And Ryan is in good recent form too – scoring in four of his last five games. McBookie have Ryan at 6-1 to open the scoring and that looks good.
Finally there is more value to be had in League Two. At the start of the season I thought new boys Edinburgh City might surprise a few people but losing their first nine games wasn’t a nice surprise for their supporters.
However, they have been beaten just three times from their last 13 matches and in their last five games have won three and drawn two. With that profile there is no way they should be as big as 19-4 to win at Arbroath.
Ouzy See has scored four league goals from eight games for the Citizens and is 8-1 with McBookie to make it five from nine with the first goal.
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Thomson (Dumbarton) 17-2
Ryan (Airdrie) 6-1
See (Edinburgh) 8-1