Ten points separate Shamrock from Sligo Rovers in the Irish Premier League and their chances to close the gap are remote. On the other hand, Shamrock is just one step away to booking a place for the League Cup final, when the two teams meet in Dublin for the semifinals.
Bet: Sligo Rovers Draw no Bet
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.10
Shamrock Rovers advanced to the semifinals after defeating the leaders two weeks ago at the end of a game that required overtime. Midfielder Dennehy scored the decisive goal with 12 minutes left to the penalties one hour after Quigley opened the score with a brilliant shot from outside the box. Defensively, Shamrock is in disarray and the best proof is that they conceded nine goals in the last three games while losing all of them.
Sligo Rovers on the other hand are undefeated in almost one month and allowed a single goal over the span. Unfortunately for them they missed out on their chance to qualify for the Champions League groups after losing both legs to Norwegian team Molde. They might have another chance next season, but meanwhile winning the League Cup is their priority and they have a good chance at lifting the trophy. Coach Baraclough will use an ultra-offensive team featuring three strikers and his countryman Elding will spearhead the attack as he is the top goal scorer with 10 goals in 18 games.
For some odd reason Pinnacle Sports regards Shamrock Rovers as favorites to advance to the final, but the value is with the other Rovers. Sligo is in superb form and with odds of 2.10 for a 0:0 Asian handicap bet that returns the stakes in case of a draw, they are worth backing at full stakes.