An exciting week is expected this week in the League of Ireland. St.Pat’s have the chance to go clear at the top of the league as Bohemians are involved in Setanta Cup action. Shamrock Rovers will be looking to build on their victory last week against Galway, as they welcome UCD to Tallaght Stadium.
Elsewhere, Sean Connor welcomes his former employers, Dundalk, to Terryland Park for a clash between Galway and the club who currently sit 3rd in the table. Sligo will be hoping to remain unbeaten after their visit to Hunky Dory Park to face Drogheda. The league is starting to take shape and certain teams will be looking to get some points on the board before being dragged into the relegation dog fight.
Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers Hunky Dory Park, Friday, 2nd of April, 19.45 pm
Drogheda United will be hoping to bounce back after been trounced by Sporting Fingal last week. The Boyneside club will be without the suspended John Flood, while Joe Kendrick remains a doubt for the upcoming clash. Sligo have got their season off to an impressive start but will be without, their influential centre back, Gavin Peers who was sent off against Bohemians last week. Sligo will be hoping Padraig Amond and Eoin Doyle can continue to build on their effective partnership up front for Sligo while Drogheda will be hoping their defence can improve after their poor performance last week.
Prediction : Draw
Galway United v Dundalk Terryland Park, Friday, 2nd of April, 19.45 pm
Sean Connor’s Galway will be looking to get back to winning ways after they were narrowly defeated by Shamrock Rovers last week. The Tribesmen can take a lot of positives out of that encounter with The Hoops and will be hoping home advantage can help put 3 points on the table for them. However, Dundalk have got their season off to a fantastic start and will take some beating. Iain Foster returns to Galway, with the intention of maintaining his team’s unbeaten start to the season. Neale Fenn has been in great form for Dundalk and may be a vital player if The Lily-whites are to take anything from this game.
Prediction : Away win
St.Patrick’s Athletic v Sporting Fingal Richmond Park, Friday, 2nd of April, 19.45 pm
St.Pat’s come into this game knowing that a win will see them go 3 points ahead at the top of the table after Bohs’ match with Bray Wanderers was called off on Monday. Pete Mahon’s side have impressed many with their start to the season and it isn’t hard to see why. Impressive results against Shamrock Rovers and UCD have propelled the Inchicore natives into a position which could see them challenge for major honours this year. Sporting have caught many teams off guard this season and have managed to put points on the board whilst playing an attacking style of football that may see them in contention for a European spot come the end of the season.
Prediction : Home win
Shamrock Rovers v UCD Tallaght Stadium, Friday, 2nd of April, 20.00 pm
Rovers managed to secure their first win of the season away against Galway last week and will be hoping to build on that win against, newly promoted, UCD. The Students have proved themselves to be no pushovers this season however and may cause The Hoops defence some big problems with their dynamic pace upfront. Rovers are still without the striking duo of Gary Twigg and Dessie Baker. Pat O’Sullivan will miss the game after being injured against Galway. The Hoops will be hoping their forward line can start delivering some goals in their attempt to break into the title race this season.
Prediction : Home win
The Betting Zone
My NAP of the week is going to be Dundalk @ 7/5. The Boyneside club have been in impressive form away from home this season and I believe they will have enough to see off Galway. My NB goes to St.Pat’s to win to nil @ 23/10. Pat’s have been scoring goals for fun this season and have yet to concede. Ryan Guy @ 7/1 is a great bet for first goalscorer against Sporting Fingal. Elsewhere, Neale Fenn @ 9/4 and Eoin Doyle @ 21/10 are potential anytime goalscorers.
If you would like to follow my predictions, the accumulator pays out at 27/1.