The game at Turner's Cross brings together two of the most underwhelming attacks in the Irish Premier Division, and Al Hain-Cole expects defences to be on topCork City welcome Shamrock Rovers to Turner’s Cross on Sunday, hoping to record their first home win in five matches.
Having lost three and won just one of their last five games in the league, Tommy Dunne’s men may be looking anxiously over their shoulders at the relegation zone as the season passes the half-way point, and they are up against it at 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill to come out on top against Ireland’s most successful club.
The Hoops are enduring a similarly underwhelming season, but are unbeaten in eight going into this match, and are favourites at 19/20 (1.95) to pick up their fourth win in a row.
The visitors have been scuppered by an alarming nine draws in 15 league fixtures so far, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them being held to yet another stalemate in this game.
The main reason for this accumulation of draws is a lack of cutting edge up front, as Trevor Croly’s men have struggled all season to turn one point into three.
The visitors have hit the back of the net just 18 times in 15 league games this season, and that statistic is even more telling when you consider that they struck seven of those goals in a freakish 7-0 win over Bray Wanderers back in March.
However, having conceded just nine league goals so far, they should be confident of containing a home attack that scores an average of one goal per game, meaning we should be in for a low-scoring match.
A bet on under 2.5 goals would have paid out in an astonishing 12 of Rovers’ 15 Premier Division games this season, as well as nine of the hosts’ games, so looks like a surefire winner at odds of 4/7 (1.57) when they go head-to-head.
Considering their respective struggles in front of goal, a tight encounter seems inevitable, and it is well worth taking up those 12/5 (3.40) odds on this one finishing all square.
This pair have already amassed 14 draws in 30 league fixtures between them and have also shared the spoils in each of their last three encounters.
|Under 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57) with William Hill
||Draw at 12/5 (3.40) with William Hill
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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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