St Patrick’s Athletic are going into this game with only two wins in their last five. Last week they drew 1-1 in Oriel Park against league champions Dundalk after taking the lead just after the 50th minute mark before conceding in the dying moments. Their form really is a mixed bag of late.
They’ve also conceded six goals in their last five, while scoring seven, however it shows signs of weakness across the back line.
Shamrock Rovers have won four out of their last five games in the league. Most recently for The Hoops was a scoreless draw last week in Tallaght Stadium against Cork City.
They’ve scored 11 goals and have conceded only once in those five games, which shows signs of a solid defending unit and a team equally as good at going forward in the last number of weeks.
There isn’t much too really play for apart from bragging rights going into the new season as this is a Dublin Derby. Shamrock Rovers will be hoping to win this game and stamp their authority on their claim for third spot in the league.
St Pats will want to get one over their rivals after getting a 3-0 hiding last time out in Tallaght. The Saints were on a four game winning spree going into the last game back in May before coming off the wrong side of that defeat to Shamrock Rovers. The result would have come as a little shock to their system considering Rovers went into that game without a win in the previous three.
Even if there is nothing really to play for in this game, Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley will want his team to keep this rich run of form going from now until the end of the season.
I fancy Shamrock Rovers to win this game because out of the two teams on show they are the team on a much superior run of form and have a better squad of players than St Pats.
Saying that, form can go out the window when these two teams meet as the previously mentioned result in the league has shown.
It’s hard to look past Rovers, they’ve scored four goals and only conceded twice against the Inchicore side this season in the three games they’ve met – add to that both sides’ recent form.
The only advantage here for St Pats is they’re playing at home but that won’t stop Hoops fans from making the short hop towards the city centre in their droves.
I’m going to say there will be plenty of goals on show in this game with it being an end of season encounter and players playing for contract extensions etc.
It’ll be a fiery affair like always when these teams meet year in year out.