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Here is McBookie’s Damian Walker’s first-scorer tips for this weekend. He writes: Just two games to go and there’s still just a single point separating three teams in the League One title race.
And even better is that two of the three meet in front of the BBC Alba cameras on Saturday night. Even-money title favourites and leaders Stranraer host second-placed Morton who are 9-4 for the championship.
If Saturday’s visitors Morton are to lift the title they will probably do it by losing a record number of games.
So far they have lost 11 of their 34 games, won 20 and drawn just three. To put that into perspective seventh-placed Dunfermline, who are 15 points behind, have lost just one more game.
This is a really tough game to call but if Forfar have beaten Dunfermline in their 3pm kick-off a draw will be about as much use to Stranraer or Morton as a third official seems to be behind the goal in cup semi-finals.
Stranraer’s home advantage and better consistency has me leaning towards a win for them and a first scorer. Jamie Longworth would normally be the man but as we pointed out a while ago Willie Gibson’s goals have been vital of late.
The midfielder was one of the four League One Player of the Year nominations announced this week and has five goals from his last nine matches. McBookie make him 8-1 to score the opening goal of the game and help keep the Blues’ push for the title on course.
Staying in League One and a point is all Brechin need this weekend to ensure their place in the play-offs. City have taken 30 points on their travels in League One compared to 28 at Glebe Park so they should have little to fear with a trip to Stenhousemuir who sit third from bottom.
Brechin striker Andy Jackson has an outstanding strike rate of 38 goals from 97 games since joining on a free from Morton in 2012. So his haul of just three goals from his first 20 games this season was something of a blip but Jackson has turned his form around since early December scoring 10 goals from next 20 matches. McBookie make Jackson 5-1 to make it 11 in 21 with the first goal on Saturday.
Finally, in League Two, the race to be top scorer in the division looks likely to go to the wire with just a single goal separating Arbroath’s Simon Murray, who is on 17 goals, with Annan’s Peter Weatherson one behind on 16.
Both strikers are playing away this weekend (don’t tell their other halves), Murray at champions elect Albion and Weatherson at play-off chasing Elgin.
It is still possible for Annan to make the play-offs and a 2-1 win over fourth-placed East Fife last weekend helped their cause no end. McBookie make them 7-1 shots to finish fourth but they will almost certainly need to beat Elgin on Saturday.
Weatherson, who is in fantastic form with nine goals from his last 12 games, is 5-1 with McBookie to be the game’s first goalscorer.
Can you find a winner?
Gibson (Stranraer) 8-1
Jackson (Brechin) 5-1
Weatherson (Annan) 5-1
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