Sligo Rovers-UCD Betting Preview: Why backing the stalemate could be the best bet

Two out of form sides meet in the Irish Premier on Saturday evening, our tipster Hugh Wilson thinks goals will be in short supply and has a 16/1 value bet
Sligo Rovers host UCD in the Irish Premier Division on Saturday with both sides struggling to find form as we cross the halfway stage of the season.

Sligo currently sit in third position, only seven points from top of the table St Patrick’s, despite Ian Baraclough’s men going through a poor run of form. UCD currently reside in 11th position and eight points off the bottom of the table, as they struggle for form themselves.

UCD come into this match after losing a thrilling match 5-4 to Bray Wanderers last time out in the league. The students have lost their last three, but are still in touch with the sides above them, level on points with Bohemians and trailing Bray Wanderers by three points.

Martin Russell’s men have struggled for goals this season, scoring only 23 in their 17 matches. Paddy Power price them as huge underdogs at 9/1 (10.00) to take all three points.

Sligo Rovers come into this match with only one win in eight league matches. Goals have been tough to come by for Baraclough’s men, scoring only 25, but their defence has been very strong, conceding eight goals in 16 matches. The Bit o Red’s will be keen to stop the rot on Saturday, with Paddy Power pricing them at a short 1/4 (1.25) to take all three points. The same firm price the draw 9/2 (5.50).

A price that stands out for this match is under 2.5 goals at a huge 6/4 (2.50). Although UCD have been involved in some high scoring matches of late, the hosts have failed to score in four league matches. Not only that, Sligo have also conceded no goals in their last four league games. The price from Paddy Power is certainly worth taking advantage of.

For those looking for more value, one pick from the correct score is worth backing. Three of Sligo last four league matches have ended 0-0, and with UCD only scoring in one of their last three matches, the price of 0-0 at 16/1 (17.00) with Paddy Power is tough to ignore.

Under 2.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power
Game to finish 0-0 at 16/1 (17.00) with Paddy Power

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