BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR
We wrote in these parts last week about how former Bohs kingpin Roddy Collins is finding life difficult in Derry and in truth, a draw versus UCD in a game where we thought they might have lost doesn’t make the outlook much rosier for the Candystripes coach. Roddy will know himself that bluster wears thin after a certain period, and results must come if he is to be the club’s idea of a coach to take a club forward.
All of this means that Derry are the team that most fans would like to see lining up against their team this weekend, particularly fans of a side still waiting for their first home win of the season. That’s us, by the way. Indeed Derry City were the last away side to come away from Dalymount with nothing to show for their efforts, in the tail end of the 2013 season. If it feels like a long time ago, that’s because it is. Owen Heary knows that a home victory must come soon, otherwise the sheen will be constantly removed from our fine away results. Playing and coaching staff know this. Back Bohs at 9/5 with Boyles.
Moving onto another game that probably won’t have neutrals rushing to watch the highlights, Bray Wanderers travel to Athlone, who will not stay on zero points forever. Football teams are rarely as good or as bad as their very recent results suggest, and so there is a danger of assuming that Athlone are the worst team ever to grace the division, just by virtue of their current points tally. While Bray are admittedly a decent outfit, well-drilled under Matthews, a case can be fairly easily argued that they shouldn’t be 4/5 on the road against anyone.
Many observers will consider some of the remaining fixtures this weekend “best left alone” from a punting perspective, and that indeed may be the best course of action. St Pat’s travel to take on Sligo, and both sides are already very familiar with each other despite it still being early in the season. Recently handed a hammering at home by these opponents, Liam Buckley will be determined not to slip up and potentially lose ground to one or both of Cork and Dundalk, who play each other at Oriel Park. The draw here appeals as the most likely result, but maybe the price reflects that at 12/5.
Bohs win, 1pt 9/5 (Boyles)
Athlone Town, 1pt 19/5 (Hills)