Shelbourne vs St Patrick’s Athletic
Ireland Premier Division
Date: Friday, 28 February 2020
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Tolka Park, Dublin
Shelbourne have finally returned to the top Irish flight, being promoted from First Division.
Start of the new campaign was successful for a team which has a goal to stay away from the bottom as much as possible. They are facing a team with similar results and mentality on Friday night in Dublin.
St Patrick’s Athletic are entering this clash as the favourite side priced at 2.15 odds to collect all three points.
Their stats when playing on the road were not that great in the last couple of seasons though.
Shelbourne vs St Patrick’s Athletic Head-to-head
Shelbourne were pretty much standard members of the Premier Division for a long time, so 56 duels against St Patrick’s in history are not surprising info. They were victorious in 21 occasions, while losing 19 matches.
131 goals were scored in 56 games, which averages to 2.33 per duel. The most recent one was a friendly match in 2019 when St Patrick’s took a convincing 3-0 win at this stadium.
Shelbourne vs St Patrick’s Athletic Prediction
Shelbourne have started 2020 season with an unexpected 1-0 victory on the road against Cork City. The only goal in the match was scored by Ciaran Kilduff just a couple of minutes before the final whistle.
Team from Dublin demonstrated great defending in that duel, but maybe a draw was the fair outcome.
The first loss of the season came last week at home against the reigning champions Dundalk FC 1-2 FT. Gary Deegan was the goal scorer this time.
Shelbourne were known for great defending in the last season as well, conceding only 19 goals in 27 First Division duels.
This said, under 2.5 FT against St Patrick’s does look as a big banker bet.
Both of St Patrick’s games so far ended fewer than three goals as well. First, they were defeated at home by Waterford 0-1 FT, followed with a 2-0 victory against Sligo Rovers on the road.
We are expecting these two teams to share the spoils on Friday night.
Shelbourne vs St Patrick’s Athletic Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57
Draw @ 3.00.