WATERFORD UNITED - SHAMROCK ROVERS
I am very keen on Rovers here, they are currently on offer at circa 2.25 to win the game, but once the asian markets get involved, you might be able to find a little higher.
The visitors are very motivated to do well in what is in effect the Irish league Cup, a tournament they have not won in three decades. They battled hard to reach the quarters and are now determined to make the semis at least. They will name their strongest available starting eleven, although they are set to be without two starters. I am not too concerened about this as United have other priorities and problems of their own.
Waterford are eyeing up a return to the Premier League after two years in the wilderness and are in a strong position in Division 1. However, this game comes in between two "six pointers" with possibly their biggest contenders for the title and they have to keep one eye on the match with Sporting Fingal on Friday. They also have a tiny squad of just 16 players and at least three of those are injured and their places will have to be filled by youngsters.
Rovers put in a fine second half display in terrible conditions, to record a come from behind win over Bohemians at the weekend and they will be buoyed by that. Despite having a game the next day, the Shamrock coach travelled to watch Waterford play on Friday, proof that he is taking his lower league opponents and the competition very seriously indeed. Bit of a gulf in class between these two and I expect the visitors to come away with the spoils.
7.5 points Shamrock Rovers -1/2 ball 2.25 general quote..... a little bigger in places.