Monday 01/09/2014, 21:00, Ireland Cup, Shelbourne vs St Patricks
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Shelbourne sits in the second place and trails leading Longford Town by three points, which keeps them in the race for promotion. They aspire to play in the Premier League next season, where St. Patrick's is one of the strongest competitors. Tonight, the two teams meet for the second time in less than a month, with the winner to advance to the decisive round of the Irish cup.
Shelbourne vs St Patricks Odds
Shelbourne 8.00, Draw 4.80, St Patricks 1.40
Shelbourne vs St Patricks Tips
Shelbourne traveled to St. Patrick's less than two weeks ago, in a match that the hosts were expected to win without breaking a sweat. It was a one-sided game, with St. Patrick's dominating the encounter from the first minute and having crushing ball possession. They also sent more shots at the goal and had an overwhelming advantage in terms of corner kicks, but at the end of the match, the score was 1-1.
Shelbourne has home pitch advantage this evening and will try not to concede a goal once again, using the same starting formation. Keegan and O'Sullivan are probably going to spearhead the offensive, with Murtagh being a potential replacement, as he scored three goals this season. The hosts had a chance to test this starting formation over the weekend, when they held Longford Town scoreless.
The visitors controlled the ball for three quarters of the match last week, but their dominance didn't result in a victory at home. Coach Buckley had to play without his best striker over the weekend as Fagan is still nursing an injury and he used Greene as the only striker. He scored in the first minutes of the second half and is expected to feature in the starting formation, with Quigley by his side.
Since their top scorer suffered an injury, St. Patrick's had a hard time winning games and were quite lucky to secure a narrow margin victory at Derry City. Prior to drawing at Shelbourne, they lost in front of their fans to Limerick, despite the fact that the visitors only used one striker.
- Shelbourne hasn't lost in the last seven games and drew four of those fixtures.
- The hosts have a formidable midfield, with Connolly and Coughan having scored a combined 13 goals
Shelbourne vs St Patricks Prediction
The hosts will prepare for another 90 min. siege and use the same starting formation that kept them alive in the first leg. St. Patrick's start with the first chance to win the match but without their best striker, it is unlikely for the visitors to score a bucket full of goals. That's why the best choice for punters is to bet on fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored at even odds with Expekt.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.00 with Expekt