Drogheda vs Cork City
Ireland Premier Division
Date: Friday, 4th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: United Park (Drogheda).
Cork City’s unbeaten run this season finally came to an end after falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat at home versus Bohemians. Their exuberant run lasted 22 games with 21 wins and a draw.
Interestingly, the first 21 games in the series are wins, which means Cork are without a win in two games. The recent dip in form have not done any damage to their title bid as they still sit on a 17 point cushion over Dundalk.
Cork haven’t coped well since the departure of their top scorer Sean Maguire to Preston North End. They need to find goals from somewhere and that must be done quickly.
Meanwhile, Drogheda is sitting at the rock bottom of the table. On the flip side, the gap to safety is 9 points and this is quite achievable with a quarter of the season’s game left to play. On current form, this seems like a herculean task.
Drogheda’s last win in the Premier Division was at the end of April against Finn Harps. They have now gone without a win in 14 games, 6 draws and 8 losses.
Also, Drogheda are coming on the back of four consecutive home defeats and haven’t scored in 6 games in front of their home fans.
Drogheda vs Cork City: Head-to-head
Cork City are unbeaten in the last 9 matches in all competitions against against Drogheda with 8 wins and 1 draw. The streak can be stretched to 13 games in Irish Premier Division fixture alone, 10 wins and 3 draws.
They already met twice this season and Cork won with comfortable margins on both occasions; 5-0 at home and 4-1 on the road.
Drogheda vs Cork City: Predictions
Drogheda’s poor form could aid Cork City here. Also they are benefited from pressure being off due to a healthy cushion in the title race against Dundalk. However, do not expect the league leaders to brush aside their opponent here.