Football Tips: Friday’s deadly 9/1 double of Irish Premier Division action

Our footie tipster Andrew Cunneen has two solid picks in mind.

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We’re very much approaching the crucial stretch of the League of Ireland season where the title and the relegation spots will become set.

Now, many of us will think of Shamrock Rovers as de-facto champions but with Jack Byrne’s lingering injury and Danny Mandriou off to Lincoln, they might have to reshuffle and slightly-less troubled squads could capitalise and make up ground.

Dundalk look the absolute prime contenders in this regard, especially as they’ve already shown they can match them in a head-to-head capacity.

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But their matchup this week has proven to be a tough challenge to navigate for Dundalk in the past – their Louth derby against Drogheda – and the pressure of knowing you have games in hand to potentially reignite a title race that looked dead four weeks ago can do funny things to anyone.

Pre-season, the entire focus was on Damien Duff’s Shelbourne – how they were either going to win the league and he’d be back in the conversation for a job across the water or how they’d fail miserably and he’d go back to TV. The truth, typically, is we’re somewhere in the middle.

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7:45pm: Drogheda v Dundalk – Dundalk to Win and Both Teams to Score

I love these derbies. They actually play each other in a pre-season friendly every year too so the familiarity is there, meaning they’re never cagey.

Dundalk have the quality, but Head in the Game Park has long been a leveller and it’s got perhaps the most-underrated atmosphere in the country.

Drogs generally slump in the middle part of a season and then come strong in the end, but they’re not goal-shy at home; it’s just that defensively, they’ve yet to truly come to terms with Dundalk’s ability to score goals.

There’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll show resilience in this instance because they always raise their game for this clash, but Dundalk coming out victorious seems an inevitability.

7:45pm: Shelbourne v Finn Harps – Under 1.5 Goals

The way these teams handle games they believe they should get results from are very similar, and their displays are so bloody inconsistent that there’s extra focus on these clashes specifically.

That generally means, especially in Ballybofey, that games will be close for the bones of an hour before any pace is injected into proceedings. Often with this Shels team, the focus is so much on the manager that they can’t assess the actual players or their performance anymore.

To offer some insight, they’re trying to be tight and catch teams on the break where possible. In Ballybofey, that’s really tricky because the pitch is tight and Harps rarely commit more than five players forward.

Instead of this headache of figuring out where exactly the points will go, you should bet on your convictions moreso. My only conviction on this game is that you probably couldn’t pay me to watch the full 90 minutes.

Friday footy tips

7:45pm: Drogheda v Dundalk – Dundalk to Win and Both Teams to Score
7:45pm: Shelbourne v Finn Harps – Under 1.5 Goals

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