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Mick Cooke's men are in fine form and our tipster is backing the home side to take something from their clash with Ian Baraclough's title-chasing side on Tuesday

Sligo Rovers will look to maintain their challenge for the Irish Premier Division title when they travel to take on in-form Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park on Tuesday.

The visitors come into Tuesday’s tie six points adrift of leaders Dundalk but Ian Baraclough’s men have a game in hand and they can cut the deficit in half with victory.

Sligo are priced up at 4/6 (1.67) with William Hill to do just that when they visit Drogheda but they will face a stiff test of their title credentials against the in-form home side.

Mick Cooke’s side have lost just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions – away to Malmo in the Europa League – while it is also worth noting that Drogs have won each of their last five games.

With that in mind, it is surprising to see the home side chalked up at a chunky 16/5 (4.20) with William Hill to get the better of the hosts on Tuesday night. The same firm offer up 5/2 (3.50) that the contest ends level.

Mick Cooke’s men have scored 13 goals in their last five matches, conceding just three and they will be more than confident of upsetting title-chasing Sligo.

Ian Baraclough’s side have seen their push for the title come off the rails a bit in recent weeks and Sligo have won just three of their last seven Premier Division matches while Rovers have won just one of their last five games on the road in all competitions.

Given the home side’s impressive run of form, it seems as if the 3/4 (1.75) quote from William Hill for Drogheda in the double chance market represents good value and should be snapped up by punters ahead of Tuesday's crunch clash.

Veteran striker Declan O’Brien is the Drogheda’s top scorer this season with 12 goals and the 34-year-old front man is good value at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill to open the scoring at Hunky Dorys Park.

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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

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