THE WEEKENDER: APRIL 12

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BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

The 2013 Sligo Rovers hurricane shows no signs of slowing down, with an easy home win over Shelbourne last weekend following an easy away win at UCD the week before that. Plenty of punters will look at their fixture this weekend though, and wonder if Cork City have the requisite class to put a stop to the Bit o’Red gallop. Cork (W2 D3 L1) would seem to be a team who can provide a stern test for Sligo, who may not be too disappointed to collect a draw.

The above does not mean to suggest that it is time to oppose Sligo in the betting markets yet though, the signs being that for the moment they are just too hot to bet against. Indeed it might take a twist or two of bad luck such as injuries or refereeing decisions before Sligo begin to drop points with any regularity.

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Over at Tolka Park, Shelbourne entertain Drogheda and although Drogs have not quite hit the highs of last season, they have only been beaten once and will not be the ideal opponents for a Shels team who are “due a big performance” and “due some goals”. There is every possibility that Shels will continue on the woeful run that has seen them pick up just one point all season, and the away win is worth backing here at 11/10 with Hills.

Last week we had a handy bet on both teams to score on the plastic pitch in Dundalk as they again came from behind to draw, this time with Limerick. They face Derry City on the same surface this week. Derry looked comfortable at the back in their facile win at Dalymount last Friday night, and indeed have conceded just two goals all season, joint-best in the division along with Sligo. Dundalk, however, are building some decent home form and should be able to bring in the bet again.

Elsewhere in the league, favourite backers have what looks like an easy double to pile into. St Pat’s Athletic travel to UCD and Shamrock (who have drawn their last five league games) host Bray Wanderers. It would be unwise to assume Mark Quigley is going to provide the messiah in Tallaght, and we all know St Pat’s haven’t been the most reliable of odds-on favourites this season, so although we aren’t opposing the two favourites, we’re not convinced they deserve to be as short as they are.

Next up for us is a trip to Limerick, where the home side have proved difficult to beat. A draw here wouldn’t be the end of the world for Bohs. The home draw with Shamrock Rovers is our only stalemate of the season so another one here would probably be welcome.

Recommended:
Drogheda, 1pt 2.10 (Hills)
Dundalk v Derry both teams to score, 1pt best available odds

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