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Willie Duncan is expecting goals when Liam Buckley's league leaders make the trip to the Showgrounds to take on Ian Baraclough's side in the Irish Premier Division on Sunday

There is a crunch clash in the Irish Premier Division this weekend when third-placed Sligo Rovers play host to league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic at the Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon.

Sligo’s title hopes were dealt a blow when they suffered a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Cork City last Friday but Ian Baraclough’s men will be hoping to bounce back in style by defeating the Saints on Sunday.

The Bit o’ Red are chalked up as a 5/4 (2.25) chance with Coral to make amends for last week’s disappointment by claiming all three points against Liam Buckley’s side.

Saints are available at 21/10 (3.10) with the same firm to extend their lead over the Bit o' Red by claiming victory here. Coral offer 11/5 (3.20) that the contest ends in stalemate.

Sunday's visitors have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier Division matches while Sligo had conceded just three goals in 10 games in all competitions before suffering last week’s shock defeat at Cork.

With such fine defensive discipline on show, it is unsurprising that the odds compilers are anticipating a tight contest this weekend.

Indeed, Coral go just 1/2 (1.50) that the match features fewer than three goals while the same firm offers just 4/6 (1.67) that at least one of the two sides fails to register on the scoresheet this weekend.

That such a low-scoring contest is anticipated here is a tribute to the solid defensive record that both teams boast ahead of this clash having conceded just 23 goals in 38 matches between them thus far this term.

However, it is worth noting that both sides have notched an impressive 33 goals from their opening 19 league fixtures – a figure only bettered by second-placed Derry City – and, with such attacking prowess on show, this weekend’s game may well be more open than many anticipate.

Saints have scored no fewer than 16 goals in their last six league matches and are capable of adding to that tally against Sligo while the hosts will show no fear, having scored 19 goals in nine league games on home soil thus far this term.

Therefore, the 11/10 (2.10) quote from Coral for both teams to score appears to be too big to ignore and should be snapped up by punters this weekend.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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