Competition: Irish First Division
Market: Shelbourne win and under 3.5 goals
Odds: 10/11 @ 888sport
Only looking to widen their buffer at the top of the table this weekend, Shelbourne will welcome Cobh Ramblers to Tolka Park on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Shelbourne would have been hugely disappointed to have seen their FAI Cup adventure come to an end last weekend, they are enjoying a real First Division romp. Last seen on second-tier duties picking up a 3-1 victory against Athlone Town on the road, The Reds are storming their way to a Premier Division return. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures holding a commanding 11-point buffer at the top of the table, Head Coach Ian Morris has seen his high-flying squad gain plenty of plaudits from across Ireland. Remarkably yet to taste defeat in any of their 16 First Division matchups so far this season, Shelbourne have also continued on a stunning run at Tolka Park. Winning each of their last five home fixtures on the spin, the Dublin-based outfit should be confident of extending on that run here.
As for the visitors, although Cobh might have managed to land what was a hard-fought victory against lower league Liffeys Wanderers last weekend, The Ramblers have shown a host of inconsistencies this season. Almost finding themselves sat in First Division limbo, Stuart Ashton’s side are some way off mounting any kind of charge for the play-off spots. Losing four of their last five second-tier contests away from St. Colman’s Park, it should also be noted that Cobh hold what is a worrying record against Friday’s hosts, particularly on the road. Hit with a 2-1 defeat when they last faced off against Shelbourne back on May 15th, Ashton’s men have lost each of their last three straight trips to Tolka Park.
Bet: Shelbourne to beat Cobh Ramblers and under 3.5 goals 10/11 for Friday’s Irish First Division matchup @ 888sport
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