Friday, 7.45pm, RTE 2
This is the live TV game and I fully expect a home win here for Derry City (1/3). The Candystripes lost to Dundalk last week but they put in a really good performance.
Finn Harps got off to a brilliant start with victory over Sligo Rovers but away in the Brandywell will be a much harder task for them and I really fancy a Derry City win. If you’re looking for a first goalscorer, I think Tim Nilsen (7/2) is the man for Derry City. He’s the man to break the deadlock.
What a game this promises to be and Tolka Park is a sell-out for the visit of the reigning champs Dundalk (4/11) to the home of Shelbourne. I fancied Shels against Cork last week and they got a brilliant win on the road in Turner’s Cross. However, I can see nothing but a Dundalk win tonight. They got off to a winning start against Derry last week and I fully expect them to get the points away from home this week.
Sligo got off to the worst possible start last week when losing to Finn Harps and to be honest, they deserved to lose as well. It’s their first home game of the season here against St Pat’s (Evens) and Pat’s will be looking to avenge their defeat against Waterford last week. I watched St Pat’s last week and they played very well and I think they’ll be too good for Sligo on Friday night.
Waterford got a great win last week when Alan Reynolds’ men beat St Pat’s away from home and they’ll fancy their chances of following up here against Bohs. The Gypsies were just touched off by a late Rovers goal and I think they can get something here. This is going to be a tight and tense affair and it looks a low scoring draw (15/8) for me.
Shamrock Rovers (1/7) will already have their sights on overturning Dundalk this season after that brilliant start against Bohs. They take on Cork City and as I said last week, this is not the Cork City of old. I see Cork City struggling this season and I see them doing the same in this game. It’s a comprehensive win for Rovers in Tallaght for me.
We so nearly got off to winning start last weekend with our first Cawley’s Call of the season. I think we can go one better this week though. I think Dundalk can make it back-to-back wins against Shels and they’re the first part of this week’s treble. Shamrock Rovers are bankers to beat Cork City and my Nap in Division 1 is Galway Utd to beat Athlone Town. So this week’s treble is Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Galway Utd and to be honest, I can’t see it not clicking. It’s boosted to 13/8 in Friday’s Power Price Specials.
*All odds correct at time of publication