St Patricks vs Dundalk by Sunshine
St Patricks welcomed Shamrock Rovers last Driday in the quarter finals round of the Irish Cup and were excluded from it with a 0:2 score. It was a very tough game, nervous from the beginning of it, as the referee excluded one players from each sides. Visitors scored in crucial moments of the game while the hosts were unable to reply being down 2:0 already after 35 minutes.
After the exclusion in a Cup competition, everything that is left now for St Patricks is target of winning the championship. They are currently tied with Dundalk, tonight's opponent with 58 points each, while third placed Sligo has five points less. Their only target is winning the championship and therefore will have to give their best tonight in order to stay undefeated although the form isn't at theirs side. They have only one victory in last four matches, while they will try to win tonight, to get a step closer to the title. Important midfielder Bolger (26/0) is suspended for tonight's game as he was sent off in a Cup game, while midfielder Maher (8/1) misses the rest of the year due injury with Brennan (23/8) and McFaul (13/1) also being sidelined.
Dundalk, on the other hand, was hosted by Shelbourne last Friday also in the quarter-finals of the Cup. The match gone one sided as Dundalk had a 5:0 lead already at the half-time. Shelbourne reduced the deficit early in the second half, but couldn't do more in a game that fairly belonged to much better visitors.
With a 5:1 victory over Shelbourne, it's obvious that the visitors are in a great form at the moment as they count eight consecutive victories right now. In the championship, they have eight victories and a draw in last nine games and have managed to catch the top of the standings with the current form. The game comes with a great importance for them, while the atmosphere in the team is sky flying at the moment. Visitors will have two absentees for this game, as they miss midfielder Meenan (25/0) due suspension, same as midfielder Shields (15/1). Midifelder Ward (17/1) is already long term absentee and will not be included into squad this season anymore.
St Patricks is losing points easily at home, while the visitors are in a really good form at the moment and should be regarded as a small favorite, not the home side. In any way, worth taking a risk under current odds.