St Patricks vs Cork City by Luke
St Patricks did improve in previous weeks, but is still away from being safe from relegation this season. They have a victory and two consecutive draws in previous weeks, but still stand only at eight position - having just a point more than relegating placed Galway United and remain in a must win situation for this one.
After a victory over Shamrock Rovers at home, the team went on to take a point against Limerick also at home, but on the road against Galway last weekend too. The game wasn't that interesting, with the hosts attacking more in first halftime and taking the lead in 36th minute via McCormack, while Dennehy leveled up just before the halftime whistle. In front of own fans they are undefeated in last six matches, having four victories and surely that they aim for another one in order to escape from the relegation battle.
Home team misses midfielder Graham Kelly (27/4) due suspension.
Cork City, on the other side, have secured the title in Irish Premier Division now, but knowing that the club has a very strong squad it was knowing many weeks ago, so their drop in form was expected, coming from third straight game that ended as a draw, while the side didn't win in Premier Division in last five matches.
Their previous match played in Cork against Derry City wasn't much interesting, as the hosts had more of the ball possession and chances created, but lacked being more concrete in offensive part and with the chances created. Moreover, once the game entered it's last phase, neither of the teams was willing to risk a lot with the guests being satisfied with a point.
Competitive motive is completely with the home team and I have full confidence in them this time. It's obvious that Cork City plays way less determined their previous few matches once they understood they'll be champions, while St Patricks anyway goes into this one being on a really nice run with home matches and would make hell of a job even against fully motivated Cork. This way, I still see the value with the home team winning even though the odds have fallen since it's appearance.