Shelbourne - Dundalk Betting Preview: Visitors capable of springing a surprise

Alan Matthews' side are strong favourites to pick up all three points but Willie Duncan believes Sean McCaffrey's Lilywhites have what it takes to give Shels a tough game
Shelbourne will look to pull further clear from the foot of the Irish Premier League table when they face Dundalk at Tolka Park on Friday night.

Alan Matthews’ side are six points clear of second-bottom Dundalk heading into this clash and are overwhelming favourites to extend that gap further with PanBet chalking up Shels at 57/100 (1.57) to bag a crucial home victory.

Dundalk are without a win in their last four matches but have scored in all of their last six fixtures and manager Sean McCaffrey will be hoping that his side will be turn their fortunes around with victory here.

Dundalk backers will be handsomely rewarded should the Lilywhites claim all three points with PanBet offering a chunky 27/5 (6.40) on an away win. The same firm make the draw an 11/4 (3.75) chance.

Despite the massive disparity in the match odds, there is little to separate these sides in the form book with Shels having collected a measly three points from their last six Premier League outings.

It is also worth noting that Dundalk’s best form has often come away from home this season having picked up eight of their 12 points so far this season on the road and, with that in mind, McCaffrey’s men may not travel to Tolka Park with much trepidation.

Only two of Dundalk’s 15 matches have ended with fewer than two goals scored this season while, in 15 outings, less than two goals have been scored on just four occasions, so backing goals looks to be a sensible ploy here.

Therefore, the 87/100 (1.87) quote from PanBet for three or more goals to be scored here is worthy of support while PanBet’s 9/10 (1.90) quote for both teams to net looks like an outstanding bet given the value on offer here.

Dundalk certainly appear to have been underestimated by the odds compilers here and PanBet’s quote of 83/50 (2.66) for the Lilywhites to score more than once is tempting.

Shels’ home form has been less than convincing thus far this term and opposing them may represent the value selection here.

Both teams to score at 9/10 (1.90) with PanBet
Draw at 11/4 (3.75) with Pan Bet

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 here.

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