Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk - Match preview and betting tips
- Rovers looking to bounce back from opening day defeat
- Dundalk awaiting first goals of the season after stalemate with Bray Wanderers
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Both sides had somewhat underwhelming starts to their season with Dundalk drawing 0-0 at home to Bray and Rovers surrendering a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 to arch rivals Bohs.
Irish Premier League prediction - Who will win between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk on 23rd February?
The anticipated effect on the Lilywhites squad following the departures of David McMillan & Patrick McEleney was already in evidence on the opening night as the home side failed to break down a well organised Bray outfit who grew into the game and could've left with all three points. Stephen Kenny had five debutants altogether so time is needed for them to gel.
Rovers will be looking to bounce back following a demoralising derby defeat where they were under pressure throughout. Four of the starting XI made their league debuts. Perhaps ex-Bolton & West Ham defender Joey O'Brien will get the nod to start this game to give some much needed calm and experience at the back.
Dundalk made a signing this week by bringing in free agent Marco Tagbajumi who was plying his trade in Norway with Lillestrom. He wasn't a first-team regular but scored in the 4th Round & Quarter-Finals stages as they went on to win the Norwegian Cup.
Verdict: Goals may be hard to come by in this one as both find their feet and will be desperate for a result. Rovers may face another season of inconsistency but were quite strong at home in the last campaign. A draw is the selection here.
Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk Betting OddsShamrock Rovers 3/1
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Full SSE Airtricity League TV schedule:-
16/02/2018 - Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers, 7.30pm, RTE
02/03/2018 - Cork City v Bohemians, 7.30pm, RTE
09/03/2018 - Dundalk v Cork City, 8pm, eirSport
23/03/2018 - Waterford v Shamrock Rovers, 7.30pm, RTE
13/04/2018 - Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians, 8pm, eirSport
20/04/2018 - Bohemians v Cork City, 8pm, eirSport
- Rovers had the joint 2nd best home record in the league last season alongside Dundalk [37 Points Won]
- Kept a clean sheet in just over 17% of last season's league home games [3 Clean Sheets]
- Scored in every away game this season [37 goals]
- Last league away defeat came back in May away to Shamrock Rovers in a 2-1 scoreline
Draw @ 9/4
Under 2.5 Goals @ 7/10
Correct Score 1-1 @ 6/1