Friday, 7.45pm, RTE 2
This is the game of the week as bitter rivals Dundalk travel to Tallaght to take on Shamrock Rovers. And it’s a sell-out. They’ve built up a huge rivalry over the past 18 months or so and it’s set to continue this year with both wanting that Premier Division title. Both sides have started brilliantly with three wins so far but I think tonight’s clash could be a cagey affair. The weather is also going to play a part in this game and the fact that Dundalk are going away to Rovers so early in the season, I think they’ll be happy with a draw. So it’s a Both Teams to Score & Draw for me at 7/2.
For a first goalscorer interest, it’s going to be tight but Michael Duffy might be the man to break the deadlock at 11/1. He got off the mark for the season against Cork City during the week and I think he’s the man to put your faith in for first goalscorer tonight.
It’s only three weeks into the season and this is already a massive fixture for Cork City. They’ve lost their first three games, conceding ten goals in the process and failing to score a single goal either. Tonight, they play Finn Harps who many predicted would go down at the start of the season but they’ve started well with one win and were unlucky against Derry City last week. Cork City must get a result tonight but I fancy Finn Harps to get the victory here. Cork are having trouble on and off the pitch and because of that, and Finn Harps’ bright start, it’s the away team for me at 2/1.
Bohemians travel to the Brandywell tonight after getting their season up and running with back-to-back wins over Waterford Utd and Sligo Rovers. This will be a stiffer test but Derry City have had an iffy start to their season and I was disappointed with them at home last week. So, on that basis, I’m going to go for an away win here for Bohs at 2/1.
Tolka Park is the setting for tonight’s Dublin Derby when St Pat’s come to town. Both teams had their scheduled games on Monday called off so they’ve had a full week to prepare for tonight’s game. It’s a win a piece for both sides too but I think St Pat’s (11/10) can make it two wins here. I was impressed with them against Waterford Utd, even though they didn’t get the job done, and after their win against Sligo Rovers, I think they can sneak a victory here.
This is a huge game for Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds because like Cork City, they’ve had a disastrous start to the season. Waterford Utd are also under pressure having lost their last two games and with the help of home advantage, I think Sligo can get the win here. They’re due a big performance and while it might be my heart ruling my head, I think Sligo (13/10) can just edge this.
After a near-miss on week 1, we’ve made up for it since, so we’re up and flying after a winning Cawley’s Call last week. It’s tricky this week but I’ll start with Finn Harps (2/1) away to Cork City. I know it sounds mad to be tipping Finn Harps away from home but I’ve tipped up Cork City to lose all of their first three games and I think Finn Harps will make it four defeats for them tonight. Cork are having a lot of problems on and off the pitch. St Pat’s (11/10) have bounced back since their opening day defeat and I think they’ll beat Shels while Galway Utd (8/15) are good things against Shamrock Rovers II in Division 1. So this week’s treble is Finn Harps, St Pat’s & Galway Utd at a huge price of over 8/1.