Competition: Irish Premier Division
Market: Over 1.5 goals
Odds: 4/11 @ 888sport
Looking to build off of their recent purple patch, league leaders Shamrock Rovers will welcome Derry City to Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Shamrock might have headed into September in the midst of a real struggle, the runaway Irish leaders have bounced back in an eye-catching fashion. Despite enduring a worrying four-match losing run, the Rovers appear to be cruising their way towards another domestic crown. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures holding a commanding nine-point buffer at the top of the table, Stephen Bradley’s side were last seen grabbing what could turn out to be a crucial victory away at main title rivals St Patrick’s Athletic. In fact, now winning each of their last three matchups on the spin, Shamrock have also continued to impress with their performances on home soil. Including back-to-back 3-1 wins against Dundalk and St Patrick’s earlier in the campaign, Friday’s hosts have won their last four Premier Division home fixtures.
As for the visitors, while Derry might know that they face a stern test at Tallaght Stadium this weekend, they are enjoying what has been an eye-catching campaign this season. With their sights still set on snatching a European spot this time around, the Candystripes were last seen putting in a free-scoring display on home soil. Breezing past Longford Town and landing a deserved 3-0 win, Ruaidhrí Higgins’ side have bagged themselves a trio of strikes in back-to-back Premier Division contests. With just a single defeat from any of their last 10 matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to the middle of July, Derry will be hoping to cause an upset on their travels this week. With each of the last seven meetings between Friday’s opponents finishing with over 1.5 goals, we’re backing a similar outcome here.
Bet: Over 1.5 goals at Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City 4/11 for Friday’s Irish Premier Division contest @ 888sport
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