Competition: Irish Premier Division
Market: Shamrock Rovers win
Odds: 5/6 @ 888sport
In what is a real battle at the top of the Premier Division table, Shamrock Rovers will welcome St Patrick’s Athletic to Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, managing to extend on their FAI Cup adventure with what was a routine 2-0 victory against Galway United on home soil, Shamrock Rovers are enjoying a recent boost. Despite watching their Champions League qualifying run come to an end earlier in the month, Stephen Bradley’s side are still hanging onto their spot at the top of the Premier Division table. Facing what could be a season-defining meeting this weekend, the defending Irish champions are enjoying a three-match winning run across all formats. In fact, along with opening July with a thumping 3-1 win against Dundalk on home soil, Shamrock have continued to shine with their displays at Tallaght Stadium. Winning three straight matchups on home soil and with just a single defeat in Dublin since March, Bradley’s men should be looking to make a statement.
As for the visitors, although St Patrick’s Athletic might have endured a worrying start to July, Alan Mathews’ side have bounced back in an eye-catching fashion. Continuing to shock many across Ireland and now sat with just their noses behind Friday’s hosts in the title chase, The Saints once again impressed last weekend. Cruising their way to a 6-0 romp against Bray Wanderers on FAI Cup duties, The Reds are also enjoying their own three-match winning run. However, facing what could be a tough trip to Tallaght Stadium this week, Mathews will have a headache over his side’s issues on the road. Last seen away from Richmond Park getting hit with a 3-2 defeat against Bohemians, St Patrick’s have won just one of their last six away fixtures.
Bet: Shamrock Rovers 5/6 to beat St Patrick’s Athletic in Friday’s Irish Premier Divison showdown @ 888sport