McBOOKIE.COM are the only online bookie listing first-scorer tips for all SPFL games and once again we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the lower leagues.

Email your own selection to mrfixit@dailyrecord.co.uk and you will have a chance to win a £20 free bet with McBookie.com.

One person with a correct prediction will be picked at random to scoop a £10 free bet. But if you have backed your player with at least a fiver at McBookie.com your prize will be doubled. Last week's winner was James Baxter of Drumchapel who was one of several who tipped Raith's Kevin Nisbet at 3-1.

Here is McBookie's Damian Walker with his thoughts for this weekend.

Damian writes: “Ross County’s Billy Mckay got us a nice 9-2 winner last weekend and East Fife won yet again but no correct first scorer.

 

“Having tipped East Fife to win five weeks on the trot – every time odds against – I was staggered once again to see the bookies have still not cottoned on to them.

“On Saturday they travel to face Dumbarton who were one of the pre-season favourites to win League One but have mustered just eight points from their 10 league games and sit joint bottom with Montrose. Experienced Jim Duffy though has been appointed manager and could give them a lift. 

“East Fife are third in the table with 19 points and have form figures from their last eight games in all competitions of: WWWWWWWW. Bearing in mind two of those wins were against Championship opposition.

“Now compare that to Dumbarton’s last eight-game form: LLLWDLLL. And in that period East Fife have scored 19 goals with just three conceded, while the Sons have conceded 19 and scored just 10.

“Yet somehow East Fife are 29-20 and Dumbarton 17-10. Almost exactly the same price. I said last week East Fife should be odds on and once again they should be for this game.

“Tipping East Fife is the easy thing, finding a first goalscorer is more difficult and last week’s selection Kevin Smith only came on after the Fifers were already 2-1 up.

“Anton Dowds has scored in the last two matches for East Fife and has made a great transition from playing for Heriot-Watt University to joining the SPFL ranks. Dowds scored 50 times for the University last season before graduating in the summer and was then snapped up by East Fife boss Darren Young.

“He has forged a regular place in the starting 11 and is a generous 13-2 with McBookie to score the opener.

“It is League Cup semi-finals weekend and I think the odds compilers have once again under-estimated Hearts. The Jambos face cup favourites Celtic but sit on top of the Premiership table clear by six points having won eight, drawn one and lost just once.

“It is a bit of insult to have them at 13-2 to win this semi-final inside 90 minutes and they will be carrying my cash on Sunday.

“Steven Naismith has been in top-scoring form this season and has seven goals from 10 league appearances and is the leading scorer in the Premiership. And because of the huge odds about the Jambos, Naismith can be backed at a massive 9-1 with McBookie to score the opening goal.

“Finally, in the Championship I was very surprised to see Ayr United as outsiders for their game away to Partick Thistle. The Honest Men went in 2-0 down at half to Ross County last weekend but by all accounts had much the better of the second half and almost grabbed a point.

“They are 10 points clear of the Jags in the table and Partick Thistle’s 1-0 defeat last weekend to Alloa gave the Wasps their first league win of the season. That is hardly form that should worry Ayr but somehow Thistle are 6-4 favourites and Ayr are 17-10 outsiders.

“There is only one place to look when going for an Ayr first goalscorer and Lawrence Shankland, who scored again last weekend, is the pick at 7-2 with McBookie.

Can you find a winner!”

Recommended Bets

  • Dowds (East Fife) 13-2
  • Naismith (Hearts) 9-1
  • Shankland (Ayr) 7-2
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