There's Irish Premier League action on Friday night with both sides pushing towards different objectives, with our tipster, Hugh Wilson, backing a low-scoring affairThird-placed Sligo Rovers travel to bottom-of-the-table Shelbourne in the Irish Premier League on Friday evening with the top two in their sight.
Whereas Ian Baraclough's men are fighting for the league title, Shelbourne sit at the foot of the table, five points behind both UCD in 11th and Bohemians in 10th. Despite the gap between the two sides, this match should be closers than the odds suggest.
Sligo Rovers come into this match on a patchy run of form away from home in the league. Although Baraclough's side have only been beaten once in their last 11 matches, they have not won away from home in their last four matches. However, the visiting side are massive favourites at 1/2 (1.50) with Paddy Power to take three points.
With just over half the season to go in the league, Shelbourne need to start finding results to survive the drop to the first division. Alan Matthews's men have only won nine points from 17 matches so far in the Irish Premier but did win a true six-pointer last time out against Bohemians. The hosts are a long 6/1 (7.00) with Paddy Power to find a victory here, with the same firm pricing the draw at 11/4 (3.75).
A bet that stands out in this match is Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91). All four of Sligo's last away games would have easily paid out on this bet, as well as two of Shelbourne's last four home matches. With Shelbourne struggling to score at home recently and Sligo finding the net away in one of their last four, this bet is certainly worth backing.
For those looking for more value, backing the unlikely Shelbourne in the double chance market seems to offer outstanding value. The home side are 8/5 (2.60) that the game finishes with a win for them/draw, which, considering Sligo's away form, seems like a fantastic price with Paddy Power.
|Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
||Shelbourne/Draw at 8/5 (2.60) with Paddy Power|
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