Shelbourne - Drogheda Betting Preview: Why backing over 2.5 goals is the way forward

Fresh from two winning selections in Brazil last night, Phil Kitromilides turns his eye to Irish action this evening and he's backing goals in this Friday evening clash
Drogheda's fine 2-0 win at St Patrick's last weekend saw the side from County Louth continue their excellent recent form.

Sitting second in the table currently, but with one eye no doubt on Sligo Rovers in top spot, Drogehda have won their last four matches and are priced at a tempting 13/8 (2.63) with Paddy Power for another victory this evening.

Shelbourne meantime have been a little erratic this season so far, struggling to put a decent run of form together. They have though won their last two league games, and are priced at 6/4 (2.50) to claim a win tonight with the draw offered at 23/10 (3.30).

With Drogheda averaging 2.88 goals a game and Shelbourne 2.65 the temptation to back over 2.5 goals is strong and a compelling case can be put forward for doing so.

This bet has paid out in each of Shelbourne's last five home matches, and in three of Drogheda's last four away games.

Both sides have been in good scoring form, with Drogheda netting in each of their last 10 matches, and Shelbourne scoring in every one of their home games this season.

Meanwhile, their respective defences have been far from tight with Drogheda failing to keep a clean sheet in eight of their last 10 matches, and Shelbourne managing only a solitary shut-out in their last six home matches. All this means goals look like being on the agenda and the price of 4/5 (1.80) for over 2.5 being scored is almost irresistible.

For a value bet consider backing Drogheda's Gavin Brennan to score at any time at 3/1 (4.00) with the midfielder having found the net three times in the last two matches.

Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
Gavin Brennan to score at any time at 3/1 (4.00) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.