Waterford vs Cork City
Republic of Ireland – Premier Division
Date: Friday, 3 August 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Waterford Regional Sports Centre, Waterford.
Waterford are definitely one of the most pleasant surprises of this tem of Premier Division. They’ve just joined the top flight of the Irish football this season and they sit sky high 3rd with only nine games left to play.
The Blues however, still have a mountain to climb in order to secure the Europa League football next summer, especially after a shocking 2-1 defeat to relegation strugglers Limerick last week.
The team led by Alan Reynolds had an extra man as early as three minutes into the game when Eoin Wearen was sent off for Limerick.
Nevertheless, it counted for little as David Webster also received a red card at the start of the second half as the Blues went on to lose 2-1 at the end at Markets Field.
It was the third loss in a row for Waterford (in al competitions) who are now just a single point above Shamrock Rovers in fourth and five points ahead of Derry City in fifth (the fourth-placed team will also likely secure the Europa League football next year).
The negative thread is hardly going to be ended on Friday, though, as the defending champions Cork City are to visit Waterford Regional Sports Centre in the Matchday No 28 clash.
Waterford vs Cork City: Head-to-head
Teams picked up two wins apiece in H2H stats so far in the season.
Cork City won two league ties, while the Blues grabbed the League Cup victory and one Premier Division win.
Overall, the Rebel Army were much more successful over the course of history as they won 20 and lost only 9 of 41 encounters with the Blues.
Waterford vs Cork City: Prediction
The visitors had into this in much higher spirits having bagged as many as eight goals in back-to-back wins over Derry City and Bray Wanderers. They are still chasing Dundalk at the very top of the standing and John Caulfield’s troops do not have right to make a mistake here being one point below the Lilywhites who also have a game in hand at this stage of the season.
Based on everything written above, the away win really looks to be a banker bet and is well worth backing with higher stakes at the 1.80 odds. Waterford scored just one goal in last two league ties against Shamrock and Limerick and they do not have much to hope for against the in-form champions on Friday.
Waterford vs Cork City: Bet Tips
Cork City to win @ 1.80
Cork City to keep a clean sheet @ 2.40.