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Shamrock Rovers visit UCD Bowl on Friday for the Premier Division tie with home side UCD.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the UCD v Shamrock Rovers game - as well as the best betting odds.
UCD won’t want a repeat of their last result here after the 2-0 Premier Division defeat in their last game at the hands of Sligo Rovers.
In that game, UCD had 46% possession and 3 attempts on goal with 0 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for UCD was Evan Osam (17' Own goal). Sligo Rovers got 15 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Kailin Barlow (63') was the scorer for Sligo Rovers.
UCD have found it difficult to unlock defences of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 2 versus opposing sides over the course of their previous six outings. In those meetings, UCD have also seen the number of goals that have gone against them come to 17. Such a trend might not be continued into this next game, however.
Their previous form shows that UCD:
- have not beaten Shamrock Rovers in their last 16 league games. A shocking run, it really is.
- have not won at home in their last 4 league games. Their fans aren't happy.
In their last fixture, Shamrock Rovers drew 1-1 in the Premier Division match with Derry City.
In the course of their six latest matches, Stephen Bradley's Shamrock Rovers have found the back of the net 8 times - yielding them the goals scored per game average of 1.33.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Shamrock Rovers:
- are undefeated by UCD in away games against them for the last 7 matches in the league. A solid away record against them.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 away league matches.
- are without an away win for the past 5 matches in the league.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings going back to 19/05/2022 shows that these encounters have been miserable for UCD. They have not managed to get themselves any victories whatsoever while Shamrock Rovers have been too good for them, beating them in 100% of those match-ups.
An aggregate of 16 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 0 of them for The Students and 16 created by The Hoops. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league game featuring the two was Premier Division match day 20 on 09/06/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Shamrock Rovers 4-0 UCD.
The referee was David Dunne.
Team News: UCD
The UCD boss Andy Myler will be grateful to have no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this clash with a fully healthy group available to select from.
It seems likely that The Students should use the 4-2-3-1 formation this time with Lorcan Healy, Brendan Barr, Jack Keaney, Jesse Dempsey, Evan Osam, Dara Keane, Adam Verdon, Luke O'Regan, Sean Brennan, Harvey O'Brien and Daniel Norris.
Team News: Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley has some current player fitness concerns. Jack Byrne (Knee Injury) and Neil Farrugia (Unknown Injury) are not able to play.
There’s a good chance that The Hoops seem most likely to utilise a 3-4-3 formation, settling for Alan Mannus, Daniel Cleary, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Ronan Finn, Markus Poom, Gary O'Neil, Sean Kavanagh, Graham Burke, Rory Gaffney and Richard Towell.
In our opinion, UCD are dangerous enough to score against this Shamrock Rovers outfit, but one goal is unlikely to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’ve gone for a close game with a 1-2 win for Shamrock Rovers at the end of the 90 minutes. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: UCD Bowl (3,000)
Captain: Jack Keaney
Chairman: Gerry Horkan
Manager: Andy Myler
Competitions: Premier Division position 10
🔑 Star Player: Danu Kinsella-Bishop
Normally taking up the Striker position, Danu Kinsella-Bishop was born in Rep. Ireland. Having played his first senior match for UCD in the 2019 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 5 league goals in the Premier Division 2023 campaign to date in a total of 25 appearances.