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.
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. There were no winners last week.
Here is McBookie's Damian Walker with his thoughts for this weekend.
Damian writes: “Another winning weekend with last Saturday’s tips so hopefully more success in the first weekend of the New Year.
“Now for some crazy pricing. Dunfermline sit four points and one place above Alloa in the Championship table.
“The Pars have taken five points out of a possible 12 from their last four matches, while the Wasps have amassed eight points and were unbeaten in those four games. Dunfermline are at home to Alloa on Saturday, so without looking what price would you be about the home and away sides?
“If you’ve come up with 1-2 Dunfermline and 11-2 Alloa then you must have had a sneaky look because I just cannot see how anyone would want to take such a short price about the Pars when there appears to be little between the two sides.
“Sure, Dunfermline should be favourites but I’d be more like 10-11 which means there is some big value to be had backing Alloa. That also means there are some inflated prices about Alloa first scorers.
“So step forward Wasps frontman Dario Zanatta who has five goals from his last eight matches and also scored in his last three games. Incredibly he is 18-1 with McBookie to score first goal which looks like the first present of the New Year. He is also 13-2 to score at anytime which looks like another.
“In League Two there is a big clash between second-placed and title favourites Peterhead and Clyde who are in third.
“The two sides met in October when Peterhead ran out 3-1 winners but that was Clyde’s third straight loss and they are in much better form now – unbeaten in their last eight and winners of their last three without conceding.
“Peterhead are in terrific form having won four of their last five games but odds of 7-10 seem a bit skinny given there probably isn’t a huge amount between these teams.
“David Goodwillie is the main man for Clyde goals but midfielder John Rankin has been banging them in and the former Doonhamer, who scored just two goals in 48 appearances for Queen of the South, has scored in four of his last five games for Clyde. McBookie make him 8-1 to open the scoring which looks a fair price.
“Finally I was kicking myself for missing staggering odds of 13-2 about Berwick to win at Cowdenbeath earlier in the week but there’s probably still a bit of value left in the 17-4 about them.
“Berwick trail Cowdenbeath by five points in the table and last weekend put up a great performance to peg back league leaders Edinburgh City having trailed 2-0. I still think Cowdenbeath should be favourites but 8-13 still looks too short, especially as they haven’t won in four and have lost their last two.
“Berwick striker Daryl Healy has scored two goals from his last four games and is a massive 14-1 with McBookie to be the game’s first scorer.
“Can you find a winner!”
- Zanatta (Alloa) 18-1
- Rankin (Clyde) 8-1
- Healy (Berwick) 14-1