Waterford – Shamrock Rovers Prediction & Picks (22.07.2018)

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Waterford United and Shamrock Rovers meet at Waterford Regional Sports Center, in a match for the 26 th round of the Premier League. In the last head-to-head for this edition of the league, played on 03-23-2018, Waterford United won home (2-1). The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the home team, which in the last 2 matches won 1 and tied 1. The home / away condition deserves particular attention, since despite this being a match between 3rd and 4th of the league table, in fact it is a match between the 3rd classified in home games and the 8th as a visitor.

Waterford United:

After 13 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 44 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Sligo Rovers, by (2-3). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Bohemians, by (1-1). This is a stronger team in his stadium, where he has won 29 points, against only 15 in his away matches. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they lost to Linfield by (2-1). In their last 10 home league matches Waterford United has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1, for which they have won 23 points out of 30 possible. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, as 11 of the last 12 matches they played for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 25 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 2 comebacks.

Waterford comes to this game with a 1-1 draw against Bohemian, thus adding the fourth straight game without losing in this Irish championship: the team’s only goal was scored by Bastian Héry. By acting in his stadium, coach Alan Reynolds should privilege the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks, mainly through the flanks. The 4-4-2 will very possibly be the tactical system used by the local team. Courtney Duffus is the player who stands out until now, with 10 goals scored. It is important to underline that the home team has shown a very positive performance in both sectors, as they scored an average of 2.08 goals and suffered 1 goal per game. For this game the coach has all his players.

Shamrock Rovers:

The away team is currently in the 4 th position of the league, with 37 points won, after 10 wins, 7 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Derry City, by (2-0). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Cork City, by (0-0). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they won 27 points, against only 10 in their away matches. In the last match they played for the UEFA Europa League, they tied with AIK Solna by (1-1) at the end of extra time. In the last 10 away matches for the championship, Shamrock Rovers has 2 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (8 out of 12 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 9 of the last 12 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 25 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal.

The Shamrock Rovers started for this game with a draw in extra time against AIK Solna, thus being eliminated from the Europa League. In the final game for the Irish championship, the visitors drew 0-0 against Cork City. In this away game, coach Stephen Bradley must play in 4-3-3, favoring a middle or low block and counterattacks, thus exploring the space in the back of the opponent’s defense. Graham Burke is the best scorer of the Shamrock Rovers, with 13 goals scored. We emphasize that the visitors present some weaknesses in the offensive sector, only outside the home, as they scored an average of 0.58 goals per game. Everything indicates that the visiting coach can count on all his players.


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