After a week putting our feet up, the ‘Between the Stripes’ charity betting column returns in the hope of bouncing back from a losing selection last time out. Despite our failure to add to the kitty last time out, our current charity pot stands at an impressive €165 with all proceeds going to St.Christopher’s services in Longford. Without further ado, here is this weekends selections:
FOURFOLD: Dundalk (3/10), UCD AFC (4/9), Cobh Ramblers (2/1) and Cork City (8/13). €11 returns €100.
Dundalk V Derry City – Coming in off the back of a hugely impressive 4-0 away victory over a fancied St.Pat’s side, Stephen Kenny’s “Lillywhites” will be looking to put a dent in another in-form side as second placed Derry come to town. Following a disappointing derby defeat to Harps on the opening day, Kenny Shiels “Candystripes” have found their rhythm with four league wins in a row, meaning a win here would see them go top. However, the home side have been scoring goals for fun so far this season and if on top form as they were against the “Saints”, you can expect the back to back defending champions to collect another three points here. (David McMillan anytime goalscorer @13/10)
UCD AFC V Athlone Town – It’s been a disappointing start to 2016 for promotion hopefuls UCD, but following last week’s impressive 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers, the “Students” do occupy an early play-off position in the First Division and will be expected to close the gap on second place Waterford with a win over a poor Athlone Town side. Due to floodlight failure at a recent home game, something becoming far too regular within domestic football of late, this will only mark Athlone’s fourth league tie of the season, but even with that the “Midlanders” sit bottom of the second tier with just one point on the board. With both these sides taking up positions similar to where many have predicted they will finish, it is a clear home win selection in this one. (UCD to score 2 goals or more @1/2)
Waterford United V Cobh Ramblers – Despite all the off-field drama surrounding “Blues” boss Roddy Collins, the RSC based side have recovered quickly from a dreadful start to the season by winning their last two games and in turn take up a surprising second place in the league standings. Expected defeats to title favorites Limerick FC and UCD AFC aside, it’s been a steady start for Stephen Henderson’s “Rams” and they will be looking at this game as an opportunity to lay down a signal of their intent this season. Away win. (Cobh Ramblers to win 2-1 @10/1)
Sligo Rovers V Cork City – Without a win from five league matches, it’s been a truly disastrous start to the Dave Roberston era at the Showgrounds. With a raft of English based players signing during the off-season, some were tipping the “Bit o’Red” to perhaps push for a European place this year, but instead it’s another relegation scrap for the former Champions. Cork City on the other hand are still on a high from their win over the reigning champions and side they have finished second best to for the past two seasons in Dundalk. A six nil win prior to that over none other than Longford Town, shows the goal threat in a Cork team that has failed to score more than one goal in a game just twice this season. Given Sligo’s real relegation worries, City are the last side they would want to be playing right now and that leaves us with no other option than to tip an away win. (Sean Maguire first goalscorer @4/1