Cork City vs Shelbourne Prediction & Match Preview

Cork City vs Shelbourne
Ireland – Premier Division
Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Turners Cross (Cork).

Cork may have struggled the last season in the Premier Division, but they had improved a lot towards the end. In fact, in the second to the last league game, they had even recorded a win against Dundalk, the champions. At home this Friday, against a newly-promoted Shelbourne, Cork City are easily the favorites.

Cork City vs Shelbourne Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The last time these two met, Cork had won at home, with a 5-3 scoreline.
  • Eight of the former nine games had goals from both teams.
  • Ten of the previous fourteen wins had gone to Cork City.
  • The last the guests won at this stadium was back in 2010.
  • Cork had kept clean sheets in five of the past ten encounters at this ground.

Cork City vs Shelbourne Prediction

Cork City were on the road in their latest league game, and they had taken on the runners-up of the prior season, Shamrock Rovers. The guests lost the game then, with a 3-0 scoreline. However, in the match just before that, Cork City had recorded an impressive victory against the title-holders Dundalk, and even kept a clean sheet as well.

In the meantime, Shelbourne had taken on Limerick in their previous official fixture. Aided with the home advantage, the former registered a massive 7-0 victory to end their campaign on a very positive note. 

However, the game took place in the lower division, and not only Shelbourne were the champions, but they were at home too. On top of that, Limerick were the dead-last placed team of the league. This fact, that Shelbourne are from the Ireland First Division will play a big role in determining the outcome of the game. 

They are not experienced with the challenges of the top flight, whereas Cork have been a booming presence in the Premier Division for quite some time. In addition, Cork had recorded a 5-3 win the last time these two met, and they had also recorded ten of the previous fourteen h2h wins.

Furthermore, at this venue, the last Shelbourne won against the hosts was in 2010, and before that, in 2004. As such, expect the experienced Cork City, who have the home advantage, to register a comfortable win against the new kids in the block, Shelbourne.

Cork City vs Shelbourne Betting Tips

  • Cork City to Win @ 1.90 (9/10)
  • To Score in First Half: Cork City @ 1.90 (9/10).