After a dream start to our charity betting column on the opening weekend of the season, we head into game-week 2 with €55 in the charity profit pot and hope to add to that with a high-odds accumulator this time round. Before we give you this weeks selections, everyone at “BTS” wishes to pass on a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the column since its launch and in particular foot.ie user Sparkey, who has kindly offered to donate his winnings from our tip in gameweek one to the pot for St.Christopher’s. Without rambling on too much longer, earlier today we announced on our Facebook page that as a result of this kind donation and our profit of €55 from last weekend, we are now going to make an instant donation to St.Christopher’s as opposed to waiting until the end of the League of Ireland season. While this may only be a small figure we pass over to the wonderful people at St.Christopher’s, we wanted to show everyone how serious we are about raising money for this crucial cause and in turn we hope it will continue to highlight the disgraceful lack of funding they receive, and this issue was raised today through an extremely well attended protest in Longford Town. Now for this weekends ‘Between the Stripes’ charity betting column selections….
FIVEFOLD: Bohemians (21/20), Galway United (5/4), Shelbourne (6/5), UCD (4/11) and Shamrock Rovers (3/10). €7 returns 125.92
Here’s why we’ve tipped the above:
Bohemians V Sligo Rovers – Both of these sides suffered 2-0 defeats on the opening weekend and also suffered the embarrassment of having a player, or in Sligo’s case two players, sent off. With Cork City the majority of pundits favorites for the title this season, Bohemians performance offers hope that they can push on and build on last terms fantastic 5th place finish and a win over a building Sligo side would help stamp an early authority mark in that race. Home advantage should also play into “Bohs” hands.
Galway United V Bray Wanderers – The “Tribesmen” were a crazy 11/2 last Friday night away to St.Pat’s and while their 3-1 triumph will be reported as a “shock”, when you examine the quality and most importantly the depth of squad Tommy Dunne can call upon this season it really wasn’t all that much surprising. With all the big name arrivals at the Carlise Ground, Bray Wanderers were being tipped for all sorts of successes this season but their extremely disappointing and poor performance at home to the Champions last week showed up a lot of holes still in the Bray amour. We fancy a big Galway win. (Galway to score 3 0r more goals @9/2 with Enda Curran anytime G.S. @8/5 with a Curran wincast @7/2).
Athlone Town V Shelbourne – The Midlanders are our favorites to finish bottom of the First Division this season (no bias we swear) and a 2-1 opening night defeat to last years basement boys Cabinteely won’t have done much for confidence in Lissywoolen. As for “Shels” they had to deal with a defeat to promotion-fancied Cobh so this trip to Athlone will be viewed as a chance to kick-start the campaign while followers of the “Reds” will want nothing more to get one over on former boss Alan Mathews. A tight 1-0 win for Shels (0-1 scoreline at odds of 13/2).
UCD AFC V Cabinteely – Back to back opening day home wins for Cabinteely won’t be enough to stop the class of this year’s UCD outfit. “Marty” Waters, Cathal Brady and Jason Byrne are names more associated with the top-flight than the First Division and they will be key players if the “Students” are to chase down a super Limerick side who thrashed them 4-1 last weekend. Class to shine through, 2-1 home win marked at odds of 15/2.
Shamrock Rovers V Wexford Youths – Wexford were easily beaten by a far from dazzling Longford as Ferrycarrig Parks Premier Division life started with a bit of a damp squid. This is a massive step up in class for Shane Keegan’s almost amateur side and the professionals at Shamrock Rovers will be under pressure to win and win convincingly on home soil. (Rovers -1 @5/6 (NAB))
Current charity pot stands at: €48
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