Competition: Irish Premier Division
Market: Shelbourne win
Odds: 5/4 @ 888sport
Looking to make it four domestic victories on the spin, Shelbourne will make the trip to Drogheda on Friday night when this weekend’s Premier Division fixtures get underway.
Starting with the hosts, putting in a downbeat display last weekend as they were blown away thanks to a 3-0 drumming away at the Finn Harps, Drogheda almost find themselves sat in Premier Division limbo. Despite holding a commanding 12-point buffer from slipping into the relegation play-off spot, Head Coach Kevin Doherty has seen his side win just a pair of their last 10 matchups across all formats. However, while the Drogs might have shown some extended issues at the back this season, Doherty’s men have shown some rugged displays on home soil. On a run that is highlighted by a stunning 1-0 victory against runaway leaders Shamrock Rovers on May 23rd, Drogheda have lost just one of their last seven contests in front of their own supporters.
As for the visitors, last seen extending on their FAI Cup adventure with a thumping 3-0 victory away at First Division outfit Bray, Shelbourne are enjoying a real purple patch. With it looking like the mood in Damien Duff’s camp is at a real high, the ex-Chelsea winger has seen his side win each of their last three domestic contests. Likewise, landing back-to-back 2-0 and 3-1 wins against UC Dublin and the Finn Harps, Shelbourne have also found a rather clinical edge in the final third. Bagging each strikes on their three-match winning run, the Reds should also be boosted by a rampant record against Friday’s hosts. Including a 1-0 victory when the two sides last faced off on May 13th, Duff’s side have won each of their last four meetings against Drogheda.
Bet: Shelbourne 5/4 to beat Drogheda in Friday’s Irish Premier Division contest @ 888sport
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