Football Accumulator Tips: Friday’s 9/1 League of Ireland flutter

Football tipster Andrew Cunneen goes hunting for winners.

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League of Ireland Friday Acca

All games kick-off at 7:45pm

Cork City v Derry City – Both Teams to Score
Drogheda v Bohemians – Both Teams to Score
Shelbourne v Dundalk – Dundalk and Draw
St. Pat’s v Shamrock Rovers – Rovers to Win

An Accumulator with these bets pays at approximately 9/1 with Paddy Power. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

There are nine points between a relegation playoff and a league title at the moment – that’s the state of play in the League of Ireland and you should all be doing your absolute best to engage in this madness.

Now, I will openly admit to vested interest in this league. I’ve been a fan and writer of the league since about 2007 so I’m always going to elevate it – but it’s now a product for not just the everyman, but every man.

Games are being sold out, we have miniature buses bringing match balls to the centre circle – it’s now your hipster paradise. And this week has the potential to further confuse the issue as a Dublin Derby will paint a picture of title credentials, an 600 km round trip to test Derry’s away form and basement side UCD actually coming off the back of a positive result.

Roll up, roll up as we try to win enough money here for you to pick up a few League of Ireland tickets on the black market. Oh what a time to be alive.

Cork City v Derry City – Both Teams to Score

When Derry play at home they convert one in every 33 shots. That moves to about one in four on the road.

If you look at a map of Ireland, you’ll see quite clearly that this is the ultimate test of this theory, and while I think they’re a decent price, I’d be more confident in Cork City being more comfortable now that they’re back counter-attacking teams who adore to keep conservative possession.

I’d expect both sides to score here, especially with Ruairi Keating being taken off last week and being fired upon his return.

Drogheda v Bohemians – Both Teams to Score

I dunno if you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Drogheda, but the pitch is tiny and it lends itself to chances being created.

These two are the opposite in this regard because Freddie Draper is missing a host of chances for Drogs while Bohs are taking fire from the car park and still finding the net. While neither is sustainable in this regard, I suspect that Bohs’ long range efforts will be countered by the fact that Jonathan Afolabi hasn’t found the net yet.

Shelbourne v Dundalk – Dundalk and the Draw

I’d actually have made Dundalk slight favourites for this game, so getting a price about them and the draw is most appealing.

Now, Shels are the best team in the country at nicking possession and turning it into a goalscoring opportunity as we saw in Tallaght last week, but I’d comfortably argue that Dundalk are underperforming dramatically because of injuries.

With that being said, Shels cannot score goals – and three of their tiny tally thus far have come from own goals – which is the most any team has ever benefited from in the entirety of the league campaign last year.

St. Pat’s v Shamrock Rovers – Rovers to Win

Rovers are the better team here, despite their sticky start to the season.

Pat’s have been much better this season because they’ve been actively shooting instead of passing the ball sixty times between shots, but Rovers pick apart holes in midfield and strike while Pats charge forward and shoot on sight. 

That slip-up against Shels last week was a lovely reminder that they’re not invincible and Pat’s will actually set up relatively similarly to how Damien Duff organised the Reds last week. Lessons have been learned.

Friday Accumulator Tips

Cork City v Derry City – Both Teams to Score
Drogheda v Bohemians – Both Teams to Score
Shelbourne v Dundalk – Dundalk and Draw
St. Pat’s v Shamrock Rovers – Rovers to Win

An Accumulator with these bets pays at approximately 9/1 with Paddy Power. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

It’s not all about Friday night though, with one match taking place on Saturday too…

Sligo Rovers v UCD – Sligo -1

Have UCD learned anything from last week’s rare three points? They learned that Cork City are by far and away the second-worst team in the country.

UCD will be hammered at the Showgrounds when they take on Sligo who have far more goals in them than the students. We’re taking the hosts on the handicap.  

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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