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Through Irish Eyes: Dundalk v Bray is the weekend’s headline game

| 14.04.2017

Good Friday in Ireland is a religious day banning the sale of alcohol and discouraging the eating of meat. So this weekend more than any other fans will be sober, low on energy and in need of something to perk up their spirits.

Thankfully Dundalk v Bray Wanderers headlines what should be an action packed Easter weekend.

Like most games involving Bray, I feel it’s worth checking out the Both Teams To Score market. They have only failed to score in one match from the eight so far this season.

They’re also joint second (along with Dundalk) for the top scoring teams in the division.

It is also worth noting that neither team have drawn a match so far this season, so we should expect a full blooded attacking affair in Oriel Park.

A nasty injury to Sean Gannon means Dundalk will be without their first choice centre back pairing, which makes it more difficult for a Lilywhites side that look like they’re still bedding in some new talent.

At home though, Dundalk would be expecting to win this match and keep up the pressure on Cork City at the top of the league. So Dundalk to win & Both Teams to Score is the first selection at 15/8.

Cork to carry on winning

Speaking of the league leaders, I’d expect them to have more trouble cracking open their easter eggs than Bohemians defence this weekend.

Cork are in flying form and have won their last 2 matches 3-0 against arguably better opposition in Limerick and Derry.

While Bohs have conceded 6 in their last two games against sides currently occupying the relegation spots, losing 2-0 to Sligo and 4-0 to St.Pats. Cork City -1 on the handicap at 11/10 looks like easy money.

Limerick take on Drogheda

Finally manager-less Limerick faces Drogheda on Saturday. The Super blues surprisingly parted ways with Martin Russell early last week, just seven games in to the season.

They have since beaten a resurgent St.Pats side and in doing so kept a rare clean sheet. Their leaky defence is the main criticism wagered at Russell during his tenure and I feel it’s an issue without a quick fix.

Drogheda last week ended a run of six defeats on the bounce with a last minute deflected own goal.

It’s fair to say Drogheda rode their luck at times in the match. It’s also fair to say that the winner had a bit of good fortune about it.

It is absolutely necessary however to mention the win was against the ridiculously inconsistent Shamrock Rovers and so, for all the above reasons, it has to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Limerick should have too much at home for this Drogheda side but are likely to ship goals as well.

Once again, the result and both teams to score market offers quite a bit more value here. Take the 2/1 on Limerick to Win & Both Teams To Score.

League of Ireland Premier Division

Week 9 best bets

Dundalk win & BTTS – 15/8

Cork (-1) – 11/10

Limerick win & BTTS – 2/1

The treble pays out at – 16/1

Enjoy the action.


All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.