Shamrock Rovers vs Waterford
Irish Premier Division
Date: Friday, 11 May 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.
Waterford returned to the elite class of the Irish football after a decade and they did it in some style. Alan Reynolds and his men look to be enjoy9ng their time in the top flight being just three points shy of table-toppers and the defending champions Cork City after 16 rounds of the competition.
The Blues maintained the amazing spell of form by beating the likes of Dundalk 2-1 at home last time out. The win moved them lock on points with last term’s runners-up and league’s heavyweights. Moreover, it definitely had a huge impact on the confidence, proving the small Waterford side have what it takes to battle and beta the strongest teams in the country,
It will be very interesting to see how the Blues will react on Friday evening when they travel to the capital to take on Shamrock Rovers who still look to be searching the right form even though they stand fifth at the moment.
Shamrock Rovers vs Waterford: Head-to-head
Waterford came on top when the teams locked horns in March (2-1 at Waterford Regional Sports Centre).
It was the first H2H meeting in ten years in the Premier Division.
The two sides did play each other in pre-season friendlies on two occasions over this period. Shamrock took two demolishing wins (8-1 and 4-1).
Shamrock Rovers vs Waterford: Prediction
Stephen Bradley’s men struggled for results in matches on the home patch where they had a streak of two losses and a draw against the likes of Bohemians, Limerick and Longford Town (League Cup). Nevertheless, such streak came to an end against nobody else but the defending champions Cork City. The Hoops showed strength in the thumping of the table-toppers 3-0 in the previous clash at Tallaght Stadium and they’ll certainly hope to build on that display to grab the win here.
A win over Waterford would be of a huge significance for the hosts who are ten points shy of the third-placed counterparts and this is just the right moment for them to start narrowing the gap. The Blues have not been impressive on travels lately, losing three of last four games on the road in all competitions. Moreover, league’s newcomers failed to find the back of the net in each of these defeats.
Shamrock Rovers vs Waterford: Bet Tips
Shamrock Rovers to win @ 2.00
Shamrock Rovers to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50.