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In this betting preview, we look at the Irish Premier League fixture Waterford vs Shamrock Rovers. One side is flying high in the standings whilst the other is staring relegation in the face.
Waterford vs Shamrock Rovers: Our best betting tips
This section provides the best predictions for the game along with free betting tips.
- Market: To win to nil
- Our tip: Shamrock Rovers
- Odds: 17/20
- Market: Over/under goals
- Our tip: Over 2.5
- Odds: 4/7
- Market: BTTS
- Our tip: No
- Odds: 4/6
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To win to nil: Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock aren't actually in the best of form heading into this match against Waterford having won just once in their last five matches. The bad news for Waterford is that Shamrock Rovers have actually collected more points per game away from home this season with their recent away form reading as won four and lost one. When you consider that Waterford have lost four on the spin on their own pitch, it doesn't make good reading. Of course, for this prediction to win, Shamrock Rovers will need to keep a clean sheet as well as winning the match; that's something they've done in three of those four away wins we've just touched on and Waterford have scored just two in their last five home games.
Over 2.5 goals: Yes
A look to the table – and particularly the goals column – will tell you that Shamrock Rovers are averaging under 2.5 goals per match across their 15 games to date. Waterford, however, have the second highest goals per game ratio of 2.7. Neither of those stats tell a brutally compelling story but that's what gives this bet value and when you consider that Drogheda – who are six points below Shamrock Rovers with the same games played – hit Waterford for seven not too long ago it is definitely worth a punt.
Shamrock Rovers have recorded six clean sheets in their last 10 away matches and boast the second best defensive record in the league. By contrast, Waterford have the most toothless attack; they've managed to score just three home goals all season. Those two factors together with the fact Shamrock Rovers should have a lot more possession means it's unlikely Waterford will find the net – that makes BTTS – No a likely winning bet.
Waterford vs Shamrock Rovers: Match Overview
It's fair to say Waterford's season has not been going to plan. With 15 games played they find themselves second bottom on nine points having been beaten 12 times already. They won't have written their season off just yet though. If they're to get anything out of this match though then they'll need to be at 100%. Brian Murphy – formerly of Ipswich Town and QPR – will likely be a busy man in goal whilst 22-year-old John Martin grabbed a brace last time out so will be confident if any chances come his way.
We've touched on the poor start Waterford have got off to. You cannot say that about Shamrock Rovers as they sit top of the standings right now. Despite leading the way though there will be concerns over their last few displays as they've lost that consistency. Their good start has been built on a solid base with Lee Grace playing a key role in central defence. Further forwards keep an eye on Rory Gaffney and Graham Burke; they have 10 goals between them.
Waterford vs Shamrock Rovers: The best odds
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Waterford vs Shamrock Rovers: FAQ
When is K/O?
What was the score last time Waterford and Shamrock Rovers met?
Shamrock Rovers won 3-0
Who are the bookmakers favourites?
Shamrock Rovers are big favourites