Friday 15/08/2014, 21:00, Ireland Premier League, Round 23, St Patrick's vs UCD
St Patrick's vs UCD Preview
Losing by five goals to none in the second leg of the Europa league against Legia Warsaw was a wake-up call for St. Patrick's. The Irish side rebounded and won the next two games in the Premier League without allowing a goal, but they got unlucky the most recent match against Cork City. Tonight they face a weak opponent in front of their fans, with UCD winning just once in 11 games played on the road.
St Patrick's vs UCD Odds
St Patrick's 1.10, Draw 8.80, UCD 18.00
St Patrick's vs UCD Tips
St. Patrick's has three formidable strikers, with Fagan, Byrne and Forrester scoring a total of 36 goals so far. The former clearly stands out from the crowd with 16 goals, but overall the hosts have a great offensive team and this is what keeps them in the race for the title.
They now sit 10 points behind Dundalk and with the leaders showing no signs of slowing down, the best case scenario for St. Patrick's would be to finish second. They are also the proud owners of the best home record of all teams in the Irish championship, with nine victory the 11 games, which explains why punters are overly enthusiastic about them tonight.
UCD sits at the opposite end of the spectrum, with just one victory so far and things are not looking too good either. They sit in the relegation area, tied for the 11th place with Bray Wanderers and have a seven point gap to close if they are to avoid the playoffs.
Recent results are not too encouraging either, with UCD being winless in more than a month and only scored twice in the last four games, while allowing 12 goals. On the bright side, they managed to contain the Bohemians in the previous round despite the fact that the visitors were in great form.
- St. Patrick's has a crushing head to head record with UCD, but 13 of the 32 games ended undecided when they had home pitch advantage.
- The visitors will defend with five players and only use Benson up front, in an attempt of saving a point on the road.
St Patrick's vs UCD Rovers Prediction
This looks like a one-sided match, with St. Patrick's being the team in complete control, but the odds given by bookmakers are incredibly low. It is possible to enjoy odds of 1.80 for UCD not to lose by three goals or more if you choose to bet with Expekt.
Bet: UCD +2.5 goals @ 1.80 with Expekt