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Mick Cooke's men have endured a difficult league season, but after two morale-boosting cup performances Al Hain-Cole expects them to come out on top against the strugglers

After earning themselves a creditable Europa League draw against Swedish giants Malmo, Drogheda United return to league duty for Sunday’s visit of Shelbourne.

Despite picking up a number of impressive results in cup competitions recently, Mick Cooke’s men are currently on a five-match losing streak in the Irish Premier Division, and are favourites at 3/4 (1.75) with BetVictor to snap out of that malaise with victory at Hunky Dorys Park.

Rock-bottom Shelbourne breathed some signs of life into their ailing league campaign with a 3-0 win over Bohemians on their last away trip, but are outsiders at 15/4 (4.75) to collect maximum points for just the third time this season.

There have been no draws in any of these sides’ last five encounters, but you can get odds of 27/10 (3.70) on them sharing the spoils this time out.

Thursday’s goalless draw with Malmo provided Drogs with a rare highlight to what has so far been a bitterly disappointing season, with last year’s second-place finish an increasingly-distant memory as they struggle in the bottom half of the table.

Cooke had optimistically suggested that his side’s 3-0 League Cup win over Cork City prior to the Europa League clash would give his side some much-needed confidence, and his words seemed to ring true as they went toe-to-toe with the Swedish side.

After two morale-boosting results, the hosts will go into this game as confident as they have been all season of turning their fortunes around, and the visit of the league’s worst team could not have come at a better time.

John McDonnell’s men have lost 13 of their 18 league fixtures this season, failing to even score in 12 of those games, and should provide the perfect opponent for a side in need of victory.

With two consecutive clean sheets under their belt, Drogheda will be confident of containing a side with just nine goals to their name all season, and a home win looks like exceedingly good value at 3/4 (1.75).

Frustratingly for Shels fans, their side have gone in on level terms at the break in four of their last five defeats before succumbing to second-half goals, so odds of 19/5 (4.80) are well worth backing on the hosts coming out on top after drawing at half-time.

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Drogheda Utd to win at 3/4 (1.75) with Bet Victor
Draw/Drogheda at HT/FT at 19/5 (4.80) with BetVictor

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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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