Shamrock Rovers have finished in the top four of the Irish Premier Division for each of the last four seasons and notched up a very respectable 54 points from their 33 games last season, but this year things aren’t going quite to plan.
They played out a goalless draw away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday to extend their dismal run of form, a run which has left them 6th in the Irish Premier Division and looking up at a ten point gap between them and the top four already.
Were it not for the start of the season things could have been a lot worse for Rovers. They won four of their opening seven matches in the league, but their draw on Saturday made it just one win from their last ten competitive outings. Five of these have ended in defeat, including an awful home loss to Longford Town in the League Cup.
Now is not the time to be facing St Patrick’s Athletic either. The visitors put in a stunning performance on Friday to beat Derry City 5-2, despite going 1-0 down in the 6th minute. They equalised just a minute later before going behind again in the 17th minute, but a penalty on the brink of half time changed the complexion of the game and St Patrick’s never looked back.
This was the latest in a growing list of excellent performance from the visitors, who have now won four on the bounce in the Irish Premier Division and have only lost one of their last eight. That came in a trip away to the all conquering Dundalk too, so you can’t really hold that against them. This has pushed them up to an unlikely 4th position in the table, which is a miracle considering they were battling relegation last year.
Away from home St Patrick’s have only won three times this season, but after their recent showings they will be brimming with confidence. Shamrock Rovers, meanwhile, have won just one of their last five at home.
Despite all this, the bookies have Rovers as firm favourites on Tuesday. All things considered, including the fact that St Patrick’s have only lost one of their last seven trips to the Tallaght Stadium, we think this is a major mistake. Backing St Patricks Win or Draw Double Chance looks a great value offering, so we’re going for that alongside a 1-1 correct score predictions.
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St Patrick’s have won three, drawn two, and lost just one of their last six meetings with Shamrock Rovers. The visitors have avoided defeat at Tallaght Stadium in six of their last seven visits there.
Joey O’Brien serves the final game of his three match suspension, but apart from that there are no selection issues for Shamrock Rovers.
St Patricks are expecting a fully fit squad on Tuesday.