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Drogheda vs Athlone odds, preview and predictions

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Friday 05/09/2014, 21:00, Ireland Premier League, Round 27, Drogheda vs Athlone

Drogheda vs Athlone Preview

Occasional victories kept Athlone Town alive for a while and at least in theory they still have hopes to avoid relegation, but the situation is dire. They are yet to win a match on the road and didn't fare particularly well in front of their fans either, so it is very likely that at the end of the season they would play in the lower division. This is actually good news for Drogheda who takes on the last placed team tonight, especially when the hosts enjoying an excellent streak.

Drogheda vs Athlone Odds

At Expekt

Drogheda 1.75, Draw 3.50, Athlone 4.75

Drogheda vs Athlone Tips

Drogheda won three games in a row and they managed to keep a clean sheet in all of them, while scoring a combined eight goals. It is a remarkable performance, for a team that usually struggles to score goals and the fact that they prevented opponents from scoring at least once is just as impressive.

It would come as no surprise, if the host will expand their winning streak to four games in a row and against the subpar Athlone Town, keeping a clean sheet should not be difficult. Drogheda will need to exercise constant pressure and in order to do this, they will have to use two strikers, just like they did in the previous round.

Manager Richardson took some chances away at Limerick by using both O'Brian and O'Neil from the first minute, but the offensive strategy paid off. There are no reasons for him to make any amendments to the starting formation, especially with the two strikers scoring a combined 14 goals this season.

Not surprisingly, they are going to be the main threat for Athlone Town this evening, although the visitors will be wrong to ignore midfielder Gavin Brandon, who also scored six goals in 2014. Gorman is going to be the only striker playing for the visiting team tonight after scoring eight goals in 23 games.

Key Facts

  • Athlone Town managed to avoid defeat in three consecutive games, but allowed at least one goal in all those matches.
  • The two teams are evenly matched, with the head to head record slightly favoring Drogheda who won seven games out of 18.

Drogheda vs Athlone Prediction

Odds of 1.75 for the hosts to prevail are surprisingly good, especially in the context of Drogheda winning three consecutive matches. It is definitely worth taking a leap of faith with the home team this evening, as Athlone Town hasn't won in the last eight games and they allowed an average of two goals per match.

Bet: Drogheda @ 1.75 with Expekt

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