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Athlone are the guests at Stradbrook Road on Friday for the First Division fixture with hosts Cabinteely.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Cabinteely v Athlone can be found here - plus the latest match odds.
Cabinteely will be looking for an improved result here after the 5-1 First Division defeat last time out to Drogheda United.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where Cabinteely have shown defensive steel. In fact, Cabinteely have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 14 goals on the way.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of Bray Wanderers in First Division competition, Athlone will be aiming to make amends here.
Athlone have regularly broken through opposing defences in the lead-up to this encounter, scoring 11 times in their previous 6 matches. Having said that, The Town have had their own issues at the back, also conceding in 6 of those same outings. We will have to find out if that trend will be continued on here.
Coming into this clash, Athlone are without a win away from home in their last 16 league games. They clearly need to do something about it.
Head to head
Looking at past results between these clubs stretching back to 04/06/2018 tells us that these encounters have not been kind to Athlone. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories at all while Cabinteely have just been too good for them, running out winners in 83 per cent of those match-ups.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 25 in total at an average of 4.17 goals per meeting.
Team News: Cabinteely
Cabinteely boss Pat Devlin has no fitness worries at all coming into this match owing to a fully healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Athlone
Owing to a completely injury-free squad available for selection, Athlone boss Terry Butler has zero fitness concerns to speak of before this game.
For this match, we think that Athlone are dangerous enough to score a goal against this Cabinteely outfit, although that probably won’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We reckon that it will be a close game with a 2-1 victory for Cabinteely at full-time. It’s a very tough call.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stradbrook Road (1,420)
Captain: Kieran Waters
Chairman: Larry Bass
Manager: Pat Devlin
Competitions: First Division position 4, League of Ireland Cup (First Round), FAI Cup (Second Round)