Shelbourne-Sligo Rovers: Expect few goals with the home side to fight for a result

Irish Premier League action tonight with both sides fighting for different objectives, with our tipster backing a low-scoring affair
Third place Sligo Rovers travel to bottom of the table Shelbourne in the league this evening with the top two in their sight. Where as Ian Baraclough’s men are fighting for the league title, Shelbourne sit at the foot of the table, five points behind both UCD in 11th and Bohemians in 10th. Despite the gap between the two sides, tonight’s match should be closers than the odds suggest.

Sligo Rovers come into this match on a patchy run of form away from home in the league. Although Baraclough’s men have only been beaten once in their last 11 matches, they haven’t won away from home in their last four matches. However, the away side are massive favourites at 1/2 (1.50) with Paddy Power to take three points.

With just over half the season to go in the league, Shelbourne need to start finding results to survive the drop to the first division. Alan Matthews men have only won nine points from 17 matches so far in the Irish Premier, but did win a true six pointer last time out against Bohemians. Matthew’s men are a long 6/1 (7.00) with Paddy Power to find a victory tonight, with the same firm pricing the draw at 11/4 (3.75).

A bet that stands out in this match is Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91). All four of Sligo’s last away games would have easily paid out on this bet, as well as two of Shelbourne’s last four home matches. With Shelbourne struggling to score at home recently and Sligo finding the net away in one of their last four, this bet is certainly worth backing.

For those looking for more value, backing the unlikely Shelbourne in the double chance market seems to offer outstanding value. The home side are 8/5 (2.60) that the game finishes with a win for them/draw, which, considering Sligo’s away form, seems like a fantastic price with Paddy Power.

Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
Shelbourne/Draw at 8/5 (2.60) with Paddy Power

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