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Ben McShane

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Dundalk’s Darragh Leahy in action

Ben McShane

Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for this weekend’s League of Ireland matches.

When to bet

From 7:45 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Best bets

Dundalk win to zero against UCD
5pts 21-20 coral

Tunde Owolabi will score at St Patrick’s against Drogheda
2pts 23-20 power of rice

Both teams to score in Bohemians v Derry City
2pts 4-5 general

Waterford draw against Galway
3pts Evs general

Match Preview

Dundalk badly needs to win their Premier League of Ireland clash at home to UCD on Friday night to stay in touch with Shamrock Rovers and it’s hard to see the students creating much, let alone scoring, at Oriel.

The Lilywhites don’t look strong enough to win the league just yet, but they haven’t conceded in their last four games. Against Shelbourne last weekend, the Reds had virtually no chance.

UCD failed to score in the majority of their games, in which they had the services of their main goal threat, Colm Whelan. He’s now out with a long-term injury and so backing Dundalk to win without conceding seems like a great bet.

Since leaving Bolton for St Patrick’s, Eoin Doyle hasn’t scored as many goals as most observers expected. Fan favorite Tunde Owolabi is set to start on Friday night and looks to have great scoring chances against Drogheda United, who have conceded 32 goals in the Irish top flight.

Derry City’s games against the Bohemians have tended to be hugely entertaining since Ruaidhri Higgins became Brandywell’s side manager, and that was the case when they shared six goals at Dalymount last season. All six matches between these sides have seen both teams score in that span and that result can happen again.

It’s 56 years since Waterford last won nine games in a row, something they are trying to achieve by beating Galway United in a Division One clash on Friday night. Galway have failed to score in three of their last four games and Waterford are expected to be favourites.

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