St Patrick's Athletic - Derry City Betting Preview: Visitors are value in Monday's clash

Liam Buckley's men are hoping to strengthen their push for a Europa League place but Willie Duncan believes that Declan Devine's side are the value selection to pick up a win
St Patrick’s Athletic will look to continue their push for a Europa League qualification place when they welcome Derry City to Richmond Park, but Liam Buckley’s side will face a tough test against Declan Devine’s in-form side on Monday night.

The Candystripes have not conceded a single goal in their last four matches, taking 10 points from a possible 12 in the process but, nevertheless, Monday’s visitors are chalked up at a chunky 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to win here.

Saints are in decent form themselves, having lost just one of their last five Premier League fixtures and are rated as 5/6 (1.91) shots with William Hill to pick up another three points at Richmond Park, while the same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in a tie.

Despite both sides being in good form ahead of this clash, goals have been at something of a premium in recent matches for both teams and a low-scoring clash looks likely on Monday.

Saints’ last four league matches have produced just three goals while Derry’s defensive prudence has meant just six goals have been scored in their last five league outings.

It comes as little surprise then that William Hill is offering odds of just 4/7 (1.57) if fewer than three goals are scored when these two sides meet.

Devine’s men have lost just two of their 11 away matches in the league this term and they will be confident of taking something here.

William Hill offer a generous 9/1 (10.0) quote for the Candystripes to win 1-0 at Richmond Park while the same firm offer 6/1 (7.0) that the two sides play out a 1-1 draw.

Derry have conceded just nine goals in 11 matches and can be trusted to keep things tight here so the 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill for the visitors (+1) in the handicap market is outstanding value and should be snapped up here.

Derry City (+1) at 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill
Derry City to win 1-0 at 9/1 (10.0) with William Hill

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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