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.
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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 your pick of first scorers at the end of this article for a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com.
You can choose this weekend from the Championship, League One and League Two games. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team, his odds and a reason if you like.
Meanwhile, here is McBookie.com’s Damian Walker with his weekend selections.
He says: “I do love this time of the season from a punting perspective because the transfer window means so much can change in a matter of weeks and it usually takes bookmakers a good bit longer than that to catch up.
“A case in point is Falkirk. No manager in the SPFL has been busier than Bairns boss Ray McKinnon. He has signed eight players and let another seven go so we are looking at a completely different Falkirk side to the one that has struggled for most of the season.
“And McKinnon rolled the dice last weekend by playing most of the new recruits in a trip to second-placed Ayr United. The gamble paid off handsomely and the Bairns took all three points with a 1-0 win.
“As a result Falkirk fans were out in force during the week and backed their side from 50-1 into 16-1 with McBookie to make the Championship play-offs.
“Bookmakers don’t share their confidence though and amazingly Falkirk are 18-5 to win at Partick Thistle – the bottom club in the division – who have also made moves with Gary Caldwell bringing in five.
“I simply can’t get my head around that price and will be steaming in to back them. I was going to plump for striker Zak Rudden, who was on loan from Rangers at Falkirk, but on Thursday he returned to Ibrox.
“McKinnon will be desperate to get him back but in the meantime I’ll go for Shane Lavery who joined last week on loan from Everton and seems likely to start on Saturday. Lavery is 8-1 with McBookie to score first.
“Forfar are not the most consistent of sides in League One at present as their last 11 games indicate – WWWLWLLWLWW – but a haul of 21 points out of a possible 33 has taken them up to fourth in the table and into a play-off position.
“On Saturday the Loons entertain Stranraer who have lost their last two games and I fully expect Forfar to win this game.
“Forfar’s Dale Hilson has been in great scoring form of late with four goals from his last four games and an added bonus is that he is on penalties for them. McBookie make Hilson a 4-1 shot to open the scoring.
“Finally staying in League One, Raith Rovers look to be approaching full strength and I expect them to string some wins together before their crucial home game with league leaders Arbroath on February 16th.
“They went about things the right way last weekend with a thumping 5-1 win over Stenhousemuir and confidence should be high. On Saturday they travel to face Airdrie who have won their last three fixtures.
“If Raith are to re-engage Arbroath in the title challenge then these are the games they should be winning and I expect them to take the points.
“Striker Kevin Nisbet leads the way in League One with 18 goals from just 20 league games which is some going. He is 4-1 with McBookie to be the game’s first goalscorer.
“Can you find a winner!”
- Lavery (Falkirk) 8-1
- Hilson (Forfar) 4-1
- Nisbet (Raith) 4-1