Shamrock Rovers - Bray Wanderers Betting Preview: Sloppy defending to cost the Hoops once again

The hosts may be unbeaten at the Tallaght Stadium, but their failure to keep a lead has led to too many draws. Al Hain-Cole expects more of the same against high-scoring visitors
After putting on yet another creditable European performance with their goal-less Champions League draw at home to Lithuanian champions Ekranas, Shamrock Rovers must now concentrate on getting their League of Ireland form back on track.

The reigning champions have provided a stuttering defence of their title so far this season, and currently sit 10 points adrift of leaders Sligo Rovers in fifth place.

Nevertheless, the Hoops unbeaten home record is expected to prevail against a Bray Wanderers team who have only won twice away all season, at fellow strugglers UCD and Dundalk.

Unsurprisingly, Stephen Kenny's men are clear 1/3 (1.33) favourites with Paddy Power to pick up their first win in three this evening.

Bray have only won once in their last 10, which goes some way towards explaining the hefty  8/1 (9.00) odds on them picking up all three points today.

However, the Seagulls did manage to spring a shock in their last away game, claiming an impressive 1-1 draw against runaway leaders Sligo Rovers.

You can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them putting in a similar performance and earning a valuable point at the Tallaght Stadium, to go with the 2-2 home draw they managed in April.

Despite their shaky results, Bray have actually not failed to score on the road since their 1-0 defeat to St Patrick's Athletic on the opening day of the season, banging in 11 goals in seven away ties since then.

Considering Rovers have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 successive Premier League fixtures, it is well worth backing both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80).

This defensive fragility has cost the champions more than anything this season, particularly at home. The Hoops have thrown away leads in four of their last five in their own back yard, drawing games after being ahead.

This record could well have planted a seed of doubt in the players' minds, and they will be anxiously awaiting the full-time whistle should they find themselves protecting a slender lead towards the end of the match.

Wanderers will be equally aware of this weakness, and this makes odds of 17/2 (9.50) extremely appealing on the away team coming from behind to draw in this one.

Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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