Competition: Irish Premier Division
Market: Over 1.5 goals
Odds: 2/5 @ 888sport
In a real showdown at the top of the Irish Premier Division table on Friday night, Shamrock Rovers will welcome Derry City to Tallaght Stadium for what could be a crucial affair.
Starting with the hosts, while Shamrock might have opened the 2022 campaign with somewhat of a stutter, the Irish giants have really come roaring back. Putting in a thumping display earlier in the week as they picked up a thumping 3-1 win at home against Sligo Rovers, Stephen Bradley’s side have their sights firmly set on reclaiming their Premier Division crown this season. In fact, along with back-to-back 3-1 victories against Sligo and the Finn Harps, Shamrock have picked up a staggering 22 points from their last eight top-flight fixtures. Skyrocketing their way back to the top of the table and knowing that a win here would widen their buffer to four points, Friday’s hosts have really gained a reputation for their recent displays in the final third. Likewise, it should be noted, the Rovers have seen their last four outings finish with over 1.5 goals.
As for the visitors, last seen earlier in the week when having to settle for a single point at home against St. Patrick’s, Derry do have the feel of a side seeking a recent boost. Now playing out back-to-back stalemates since opening May, Head Coach Ruaidhrí Higgins has seen his squad pick up just a pair of victories from their last six Premier Division showdowns. Desperate to try and find a similar level that saw them breeze their way to a thumping 7-1 romp against UC Dublin on April 22nd, the Candystripes should still be boosted by their continued success on the road. Including a 4-0 win away at St. Patrick’s last month, Derry are unbeaten in their last 12 away fixtures continuing on from last season. Likewise, with Friday’s guests seeing 11 of those 12 away contests finish with over 1.5 goals, we’re backing a similar outcome here.
Bet: Over 1.5 goals at Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City 2/5 for Friday’s Irish Premier Division matchup @ 888sport
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