Date: September 5, 2014
Venue: Turner’s Cross, Cork, Ireland
Kick off time: 19:45 BST
The Irish Premier Division will see a clash between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers on Friday as the two teams go head to head in a huge clash. While the home team are sat in second place in the Premier Division table, Shamrock Rovers are not far behind in fourth place. The visitors have also strung together a strong run coming into this game and will be hopeful of going back with some points on board on Friday evening.
Cork City’s form: W-D-D-L-D
The home side have not been in the best of forms off late, having won just the one match against Derry City away in their last five fixtures. The win dates back to mid-August and Cork are without a win ever since.
They drawn matches against Bray Wanderers and Athlone Town in the premier division and drawn and lost against Bohemian FC in a couple of other matches since their victory at Derry. The second placed side will hope that their fortunes take a turn for the better as they will be in front of their home fans after a couple of matches on the road.
Shamrock Rovers’ form: W-W-D-W-W
Shamrock Rovers are in great form currently and have remained unbeaten over the course of their last five games. Of these five games, three were premier division fixtures. Shamrock have collected 7 out of a possible 9 points in these matches.
In the other two games against Bohemian FC and Longford Town FC, Shamrock were comfortable winners. This team are looking strong in fourth place and if they can maintain the kind of tempo that they have built over the past couple of weeks, they can break into the top 3 by the end of the season.
Cork City: William Dennehy
With eleven goals in as many games in the Irish premier division, Dennehy is clearly the top player at the club and I will put my money on him to be on the score-sheet yet again as he is set to be deployed in an advanced midfield role.
Shamrock Rovers: Simon Madden
Madden scored in the Hoop’s latest win in the premier division and was a constant threat from out wide. He will be looking to add to his tally against Cork at the weekend.
Cork are going through a poor run of form at the moment while the visitors have all the momentum in the world. While dismissing the home team out of hand might be appealing, let’s not forget that the Hoops have only scored 34 goals this season. A draw at 3.1 (bet365) is the most promising option.