BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR
With European commitments around the corner, it’s anyone’s guess as to how long Stephen Kenny’s high-flying Dundalk side can remain at the top of the pile for. Their ruthless annihilation of fierce rivals Drogheda during the week, while maybe not entirely surprising, was impressive.
Also impressive is the way that they do not appear to be relying on any one player (despite the prominence of Towell), and how they have managed to cope with the loss of influential skipper Stephen O’Donnell.
Tonight they welcome Sligo Rovers in a game that should be a model to be televised live. Many of Dundalk’s games on the box this season have been entertaining, while Sligo never fail to play attractive football. The bet tonight, however, despite references to entertainment value, could be a stalemate. A draw here would probably make Sligo think they are still not out of the title race just yet, while for Dundalk it wouldn’t allow their nearest challengers to make up too much ground on them. Sligo have some injuries including Alan Keane and Kieran Djilali, while Dundalk may have to play without John Mountney, who has been impressive of late. We will thus take the draw at a best price of 11/5 with Ladbrokes
Another bet of interest is to take over 2.5 goals in UCD’s away fixture at Athlone. UCD are capable of playing attacking football under Aaron Callaghan and he has steered them in a manner befitting of their last few years. They are an honest, sporting side who are well able to score a goal or two in this fixture. For their part, Athlone will be targeting points from this game in a season where points have been thin on the ground to say the least. Expecting three goals to be scored in this one is not madness and can be backed at a decent-looking evens.
Dundalk v Sligo Rovers draw, 1pt 11/5 (Ladbrokes)
Athlone v UCD over 2.5 goals, 1pt evens (general)