The opening night of the season has come and gone for everyone in the league.
These two teams didn’t get off to an ideal start, both losing their respective games.
Cork went down 1-0 losers to St Patrick’s Athletic in a packed Richmond Park, while Waterford lost 2-1 with a sickening last minute loser to a revitalised Shamrock Rovers, once again in front of a packed crowd, at the RSC.
This match is always a lively encounter when the two teams come toe to toe with each other.
One thing’s for sure, there isn’t any love lost between them. Last season they met each other in the league four times, with three wins for Cork, and one for Waterford. That set of games threw up a grand total of 11 goals.
The most memorable match, for the wrong reasons, came in Waterford’s 2-1 win early last season in the RSC which saw two players sent off in the dying moments of the game, with a fair few yellow cards dished out.
The first Munster derby of the season between these two teams could provide a packed Turners Cross and a superb atmosphere. Both teams will want to try and get their first points on the board on the night.
There was lot of coming and going during the off season for both teams and talks of a budget cut has got Cork City manager John Caulfield playing around with a patched up squad with a lot of new faces coming in from across the sea, with a lack of experience to the league and a young team.
Everyone down in Cork will be looking for a positive mind set approaching this game after a disappointing showing against Pats last week. Waterford lost last season’s talisman in Courtney Duffus to Yeovil. But the best bit of business Waterford did was able to hold onto Bastien Hery. The French man has been a breath of fresh air to Waterford last season and will be hoping to kick into gear soon again.
People will be saying this could be all one way traffic at home for Cork with a rallying crowd behind them, but I’m not too sure about that.
Waterford will be out to leave a bit of a mark on Cork in this game. The two teams seem to be in transition with a good few players from each club making the move to other clubs.
One thing is certain, when these two teams meet you are surely due goals even with the cautious approach that Cork manager John Caulfield takes to most of these top half of the table games.
Alan Reynolds will have seen some positives in his team’s harrowing defeat last weekend and will be hoping to work on the small mistakes that cost them points over the back end of last season.
For this game I’m going to go with a win for Cork with a fair few goals scored in the game.
Cork to Win and Both Teams To Score at 3/1