Shamrock Rovers-Dundalk Betting Preview: Don't expect many goals between these two sides

A place in the final stages is on offer tonight, as two sides who are sitting mid-table in the Premier League meet in the League Cup, with our tipster backing a goal-shy 5/2 bet
Dundalk travel to Dublin to face Shamrock Rovers in the Irish League Cup tonight for the second time this month. The two sides met at the Tallaght Stadium in the league two weeks ago, with the home side coming out on top in a narrow 1-0 victory. 

Shamrock have won this trophy 24 times, compared to Dundalk’s nine, and with Shamrock finishing runners up last year, they will be keen to capture their 25th title.

Trevor Croly’s men come into this match unbeaten in their last five matches, but they have drawn far too many games this season. The Hoops have only won three times in the league this season, drawing seven times and losing only twice.

Croly will hope they can continue their fine cup form, after a 7-1 victory over Drogheda which secured them the Setanta Cup this month. Bet365 prices the host as favourites for this clash at 8/11 (1.73), which seems slightly short considering their lack of wins this season.

Dundalk come into this match in fine form, despite that loss to Shamrock earlier this month. The Lilywhites have won four of their last five and sit in fourth position in the league.

Stephen Kenny’s men have won seven of their 13 matches in the league this season, drawing three times and losing three times. Bet365 have them as massive underdogs at 4/1 (5.00) which seems fairly long considering their recent form. The same firm price the draw at 5/2 (3.50).

A bet that stands out in this fixture is under 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Bet365. Shamrock have only conceded nine goals in 14 league games so far this season, with Dundalk conceding 14 in 13 matches.

This bet would have paid out the last time these two sides met, as well as in Dundalk’s last five matches and five of Shamrock’s last six.

For those looking for more value, backing the draw at 5/2 (3.50) seems like a fantastic price. Shamrock have been the draw specialists this season, especially at home.

Croly’s men have drawn five of their last seven games at home, and with Dundalk proving difficult to beat in recent weeks, this bet is certainly worth investing in.

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Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Bet365
The match to end in a Draw at 5/2 (3.50) with Bet365

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