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.
Also, leave a first-scorer prediction for any of the weekend SPFL matches at the end of this article to have a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com. Remember to quote odds. Last week's winner was Ian M with Leigh Griffiths to score first at 5.4.
The previous week it was Liamaldinho who took Hibs' Frank Dje Djedge at 19-5. Both winners must email firstname.lastname@example.org with their McBookie usernames to claim their prize.
Here is McBookie's Damian Walker's first-scorer tips for this weekend. He writes: If you’ve wanted to go back in time and make a killing from the bookies then aside from putting on a life-changing multiple you could have done worse than having a bet in our Championship top-scorer market which was a bit of a shambles.
“At the start of the season McBookie bet 4-7 Kris Boyd, 9-2 Kenny Miller, 7-1 Farid El Alagui, 8-1 Osman Sow, 12-1 Rory Loy, 16-1 James Keatings and 16-1 Jon Daly.
None of the first three in the betting figure and the top-scoring Rangers player is Nicky Law with seven goals in joint 10th.
One thing we probably couldn’t have guessed was Queen of the South would have two players – Derek Lyle and Gavin Reilly – at the top of the table on 11 goals alongside Hibs’ Jason Cummings.
Doonhamers boss James Fowler has done an outstanding job this season steering his team to fourth in the table and his free-scoring side have netted 41 times in the league, just one goal behind Rangers.
Queens face the acid test against runaway leaders Hearts on Saturday and while they might not win the game there’s a fair chance of them scoring the first goal at good odds.
Lyle is in red-hot form with seven rom his last eight games and McBookie make him 15-2 to grab the opening goal.
This weekend is probably the most important one as regards the League One title race with leaders Stranraer travelling to face second-placed Morton and third-placed Forfar entertaining Dunfermline who sit in fourth.
But a better option for a first scorer bet may lie with in-form Airdrie, who travel to face second-from-bottom, Stenhousemuir.
Just like the Diamonds’ last campaign the 2014-15 one has been a season of two halves. Between the start of the season and December 6 they amassed just 14 points from their first League One 14 games with only three wins, leaving Airdrie just above bottom place.
But following their win on December 13 they have lost just one League game and have beaten Morton and Forfar and drawn with Stranraer and Dunfermline this year in matches against the top four.
That sort of form gives Airdrie a great chance away at Stenny who have yet to win in 2015 having lost five and drawn one.
Airdrie’s Scott Fraser has been a useful addition to the Diamonds since joining on loan this season from Dundee Utd and the midfielder has weighed in with his fair share of goals scoring five times from 16 appearances. McBookie make Fraser 10-1 to score first.
The League Two Queen's Park v Berwick clash from Hampden wasn’t one McBookie expected to see live on the telly but BBC Alba are showing it and going head to head with Sky who have the Man City v Newcastle game which kicks off at the same time!
Like a pint or two at the darts a bet often improves viewing enjoyment and Queen's Jordan Moore may be worth a wager for the first goal. Moore is on loan from Dundee Utd following spells at Airdrie and Dunfermline where he scored seven goals in total from 15 starts.
He’s already off the mark at Queen's with two goals on his debut including one from the spot. Hopefully Moore’s still fresh just two days after his 21st birthday and he 5-1 with McBookie to be the game’s first goalscorer.
Can you find a winner this weekend?
Lyle (QoS) 15-2
Fraser (Airdrie) 10-1
Moore (Queen's Park) 5-1