Tuesday 22 August 2017

Dundalk to beat Sligo, St. Pat's to draw with Drogs and Cork to continue winning streak - The Punter's Platform

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The Punter's Platform review a big night of League of Ireland with Dundalk looking to bounce back against Sligo at home, Cork trying to keep their 12-game winning streak alive, and Bohemians looking to avenge their loss to Shamrock Rovers earlier this season, in what could be the last Dublin derby at Dalymount Park before the home of Irish football is renovated.

With four games scheduled for 7:45pm kick-offs, the Dublin derby between Bohs and Rovers is arguably the pick of the bunch despite the Gypsies entering the game with a league low 10 goals from 12 games.

However, as Irish Independent football correspondent Daniel McDonnell highlights, the league has been really hard to predict this year with the exception of bottom placed St. Pat's, who have posted just two wins this season.

"Pat's are struggling to score at the moment, and Drogheda are also engaged in a bit of a relegation battle, but I fancy a bit of a draw in this one but it's been a difficult year for predictions."

Dundalk were defeated by Shamrock Rovers last Friday night, their fifth loss of the season, but McDonnell thinks the lilywhites will be able to bounce back tonight when they take on Sligo at home. However, he's not so sure of the Hoops and their Canadian goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski.

"I still fancy Dundalk to bounce back and their home form has been okay this season," added McDonnell.

"Rovers were excellent last week but they still conceded a late goal. I'm not convinced by their goalkeeper [Tomer] Chencinski who can be a bit erratic at times so both teams to score is an attractive bet."

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