UCD - Derry City Betting Preview: Back the visitors to give The Students a schooling at Belfield

College find themselves in last place and need to start picking up points. Al Hain-Cole expects them to be disappointed in a high-scoring match on Friday evening
UCD go into tonight's match against Derry City sitting in last place in the league, following the withdrawal of Monaghan United from the Premier Division last month for financial reasons.

With two points currently separating them from 10th-placed Dundalk - who also find themselves in dire financial straits - the pressure is now on the Students to put some wins together in order to avoid being cast away at the foot of the table.

Martin Russell's side have endured a difficult season so far, but they have recently shown a glimmer of solid home form by following up a shock win over league leaders Sligo Rovers with a confidence-boosting cup victory and a hard-fought draw against fellow strugglers Dundalk.

They will need to build on this to have any hope of climbing up the league, and you can back a much-needed home victory at 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365.

Sixth-placed Derry are without a win in four games, and have suffered heavy defeats in their last two matches.

However, UCD could be the perfect opponents for the Candystripes to bounce back against, having not lost to the Dublin side in five years.

Considering their decent run of four away games unbeaten in the league, the Ulstermen should provide decent value to win at evens (2.00) tonight.

A draw would do neither side much good, but is available at odds of 12/5 (3.40).

Fans at the UCD Bowl will be hoping to see some more attacking football than their national team displayed at Euro 2012, and they shouldn't go home disappointed.

Thanks to two porous sets of defences, 11 of the last 14 games featuring these sides have reaped at least three goals a match.

With that in mind, the sensible money should be on over 2.5 goals going in tonight, at odds of 17/20 (1.85).

Over 2.5 Goals at 17/20 (1.85) with Bet365
Derry City to win at Evens (2.00) with Bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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