Shelbourne-Cork City Betting Preview: Woes to continue for the hosts as they struggle to find goals

There's Irish Premier League action on Friday night and with time running out for the bottom of the table side, Hugh Wilson is backing few goals in this fixture
Shelbourne welcome Cork City to Dublin after both sides had a hectic week last week, playing league matches as well as hosting English sides for friendly games.

With less than half the matches to play this season, Shelbourne need to start finding results if they are to survive the drop, whereas Cork City seem content in mid-table.

Shelbourne come into this match with only two victories in the league this season. John McDonnell’s men have mustered only 10 points from 19 games and trail Bohemians, who sit in 11th, by four points.

More concerning for the Shels is their -20 goal difference which is the worst in the league. Bet365 price them as outsiders at 3/1 (4.00) despite being at home.

Cork City have had a hugely inconsistent season in the Irish Premier. Tommy Dunne’s men have won six, drawn five and lost eight of their 19 league games this season, but should be safe enough to avoid a relegation scrap.

Despite losing to UCD in the league at the end of June, City have recorded some impressive victories against Drogheda and Sligo Rovers in recent weeks. Bet365 have them as favourites at 10/11 (1.91) to win the match. The same firm prices the draw at 11/5 (3.20).

Backing "No" on the both teams to score market seems like the correct decision in Friday's fixture. Shelbourne have only managed to find the net on nine occasions in 19 games this season, with this bet paying out in their last seven league matches. With this bet also landing in two of Cork City’s last three matches, the price of 5/6 (1.83) seems like a fantastic price.

For those looking for more value, backing Cork City to win to nil at 2/1 (3.00) is certainly worth investing in. This bet would have paid out against Shelbourne in five of their last seven matches, and with Cork not struggling to find the net, it’s tough to ignore.

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Both teams to score 'NO' at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Cork City to win to nil at 2/1 (3.00) with Bet365

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