Competition: Irish Premier Division
Market: Derry City to score over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1/1 @ Bet 365
Handed the chance to move within touching distance of the Europa League spots, a resurgent Derry will host UCD in Londonderry on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, picking up an impressive 2-2 draw against runaway league leaders Dundalk last week, the mood in Derry’s camp couldn’t be any higher. Appearing to refind some of their form that helped them lift the Premier Division title two years ago, Declan Devine’s men are enjoying a five-match unbeaten run in Ireland’s top-tier, a run that stems back to the middle of May. A huge part of City’s recent revival has come thanks to their continued showings in the final third. Once again scoring a pair of goals against the defending champions last time out, Friday’s hosts have scored 12 goals on their unbeaten run and should be confident of extending their tally in Londonderry.
As for the visitors, coming off the back of an embarrassing 11-0 hammering at home to Portsmouth in Wednesday’s friendly matchup, it’s unsurprising that UCD are favorites to make an immediate return to the second tier. Still finding themselves sat at the foot of the table and losing 11 of their last 12 top-flight appearances, a huge part of their continued issues has been their form on the road. Suffering a 5-1 defeat against Sligo Rovers that last time they left Dublin, Friday’s guests have lost each of their last 10 Premier Division matches away from the UCD Bowl this season and have remarkably not picked up an away victory in Ireland’s top-tier since October 2014.
Bet: Derry City to score over 2.5 goals against UCD 1/1 for Friday’s Irish Premier Division matchup @ Bet 365
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