Shamrock Rovers - Sligo Rovers Betting Preview: Visitors can be trusted to make their point

Stephen Kenny's side will be desperate for a victory to ignite their title challenge, but Willie Duncan believes that Ian Baraclough's Hoops will do enough to hold them off here
Shamrock Rovers welcome Sligo Rovers to Tallaght Stadium for what promises to be a crucial clash at the top of the Irish Premier League on Monday night.

Stephen Kenny’s side currently sit seven points adrift of the league leaders and will know that defeat here may well spell the end of their own title challenge.

Therefore, Bit O’ Red will be desperate to take all three points from this clash and they are William Hill's 13/10 (2.30) favourites to grab a fourth successive league victory.

Sligo, though, have tasted defeat just once in 18 league outings this season and they will feel confident that they can maintain their title push when they visit Tallaght Stadium and the Hoops can be backed at a juicy 2/1 (3.0) with William Hill to win. The same firm go 21/10 (3.10) that the match ends in stalemate.

Stephen Kenny's side will rely heavily on the division’s top scorer Gary Twigg, who has netted 16 times this season, to fire his side to glory on Monday.

The Scottish striker can be backed at a tempting 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill to score the opening goal – a feat that he has achieved on no fewer than eight occasions already this term.

Sligo will be without their talismanic striker Danny North, who suffered cruciate ligament damage at the end of last month and, so, the Hoops may well turn to striker Mark Quigley to provide the firepower on Monday.

Quigley may lack North’s proficiency in front of goal but has netted four times in 16 outings this season and he represents good value at 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill to notch the opening goal of the game at Tallaght Stadium.

Given that Sligo have lost just one of their eight away matches in the league this year while five of Shamrock’s nine home matches have ended in stalemate, William Hill's 23/20 (2.15) for the visitors in the "draw no bet" market is fantastic value and is a price which should be snapped up by shrewd punters here.

Sligo Rovers "draw no bet" at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill
Mark Quigley to score first at 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill

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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