CORK CITY- SHAMROCK ROVERS
SLIGO - DERRY CITY
I will have to make this quick, as I am very short of time having spent too long at the opticians, my eyes are shot after spending too much time on the computer !
I am siding with the two visiting teams this evening, that is never a bad thing in the Irish Premier, where home advantage seems minimal and this season 59% of games have ended in a draw or away win.
Shamrock Rovers are my strongest bet, they currently lie three points behind Cork and having closed the gap considerably in recent weeks, by virtue of an unbeaten run of five games, whilst Cork have lost their last two, will be loathe to let the gap increase again. Only Sean Webb is unavailable for Rovers, two others will face late tests, but are both expected to be fine.
Injuries have hit Cork hard recently and tonight the situation has got worse, Gamble, Mezeckis, O'Neill, Duggan and Lordan are all out, through injury or suspension. H2h record also gives us good reason for optimism, with four of the last seven meetings here ending all square.
Derry are up into third and sit one point behind Cork and four adrift of Bohemians, given that we expect the first named to struggle and with Bohemians facing a never easy trip to St Patricks, this is a great chance to make up some ground. They have been strong on the road all season with a 4-2-1 record, which includes three 3-0 wins, in such a tight league, those are inpressive stats and only leaders Bohs have scored more goals. They have not conceded in three visits here and Sligo are struggling to find any consistency, especially in the goal scoring department, failing to score in three of their last six at home.
This could be a big few weeks for Derry, after tonight they play the bottom three in consecutive weeks and will be eyeing up a push at top spot, if they can first get the three points at the Showgrounds.
6.5 points Shamrock Rovers +1/2 1.95 asian line
5.5 points Derry City -1/2 ball 2.10 + general quote.