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Bohemians travel to Dundalk tonight and must attempt to bounce back from the bitter pill of last Friday night. With Paddy Power sticking his neck out and offering 11/10, it’s worth backing us to do something we’ve done in every game so far this season, and that’s to find the back of the net.
Both Teams to Score is a fair bet here, which isn’t always the case. Punters generally like to back things to happen rather than things not to happen, whether it’s goals, cards, or corners. The value is thus often found on the “No” side of this bet, but in this case we are happy to make an exception.
Dundalk shut out a misfiring ten-man Sligo last weekend but shipped four against Drogheda and couldn’t keep the back door closed in the Setanta Cup during the week after taking a fantastic 2-0 lead. The Drogheda game will probably come to be seen as a freak result but the Lilywhites can still be considered a team liable to concede.
Sligo Rovers’ trip to Tallaght should be decent enough television fare for anyone who cannot make it to Dundalk, and with both sides coming off midweek Setanta Cup action, it’s an extremely tough one to call.
Sligo will be aiming to avoid three straight league defeats, which would be a truly diabolical run of form for a team fancying a title tilt. Sligo managed a clean sheet against St Pats during the week, and the home side scraped a 1-1 draw at home to Derry in their opener where they were frustrated for long spells. The bet in this game might just be on under 2.5 goals, which is widely available at 4/7.
Elsewhere, games like Limerick v Drogheda, Bray V UCD, and Athlone v Cork City look difficult to figure out. St Pat’s make the trip to Derry and this looks set to be another tight, low-scoring encounter, similar to the Candystripes’ games against Shamrock and Cork City so far this season.
There isn’t really a bet that appeals amongst this bunch, although tonight could be a fairly high scoring night across the Premier Division as a whole. On Sunday afternoon in the First Division however, Shelbourne can be trusted to take three points from their short trip. 5/6 about the away win here is more than fair.
Dundalk v Bohs Both Teams to Score, 1pt 11/10 (P Power)
Shamrock v Sligo Rovers, under 2.5 goals, 1pt 4/7 (P Power)
Shelbourne, 1pt 5/6 (Bet365)