League Of Ireland ante post betting preview and tips for top goalscorer and league winner

League Of Ireland Ante Post Betting Preview

League Of Ireland Ante Post Betting Preview – SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Cork City beating Dundalk in the Presidents Cup rocked the markets. Ah here, it didn’t at all really although there was a slight drift on Dundalk. They had originally been quoted at a ridiculous 1.73 (8/11) with Paddy Power to win the Premier Division outright so it’s hardly surprising.

The best you will get now is even money, again with Paddy Power. Cork City are best priced with Boylesports at 4/1 and after they laid down a marker you couldn’t rule them out. Shamrock Rovers are next best at 5.5 (9/2) with bet365 while St Patricks Athletic are 9/1 with Boylesports and Paddy Power.

Outside of those the bookies don’t give anyone much of a chance with prices of 50/1 bar the top four. It’s hard to argue with given that the only team to beat Dundalk last season were Bohemians (50/1) but you would be hard pressed to invest at such a short price.

Bohs did run the top four close last year but with the each-way terms only paying out on top two they are unlikely to see a positive return. It’s a hard market to find any value in at all unless you’re prepared to take a punt on Pats finishing in the top two.

With Christy Fagan back from injury and Dinny Corcoran in reserve they should have more goals about them this year.

League Of Ireland Ante Post Betting Preview – Top Goalscorer

League Of Ireland ante post betting preview tips and bets with top goalscorer options in Ciaran Kilduff and Vinny Faherty

Photo represented with permission of Dundalk FC

Speaking of Christy Fagan he is the outright favourite to finish as the League Of Ireland Premier Division top scorer this season. Paddy Power are the only bookie offering prices on this market and Fagan has been priced below everyone else at 7.5 (13/2).

He will be expected to reproduce the form of two seasons ago when he finished with twenty league goals. Last season was interrupted by injury but he still managed six goals in just sixteen league games.

Mikey Drennan of Shamrock Rovers is next best at 8/1 but he will face stiff competition for the one striker spot with Danny North (14/1). Factor in Pat Fenlon’s use of a stiff 4-5-1 system and that price looks a little short to me.

No surprise that a Dundalk striker is there or thereabouts. In fact there are two with Ciaran Kilduff (12/1) and David McMillan (12/1) next in the betting. They will be battling it out for the right to lead the attack at Oriel Park and as things stand Kilduff looks likely to have won Stephen Kenny’s favour.

With it being such a close run thing it’s difficult to choose between them but with Dundalk having had the top scorer for the last two years  (Pat Hoban tied with Fagan in 2014) they are hard to ignore.

Kilduff scored five goals in just seven starts for Dundalk after joining midway through the season. With the each-way markets paying 1/3 of the price for a top-four finish he could have some potential.

Brandon Miele (16/1) at Shamrock Rovers could be this seasons big hit. The twenty-one year old midfielder scored eleven times from midfield last season which is the same amount that Richie Towell scored in 2014. We all know what Towell did the year after but whether Miele is up to that level just yet is debatable and I would want a better price to take a punt on it.

An interesting outsider could be Vinny Faherty (40/1) at Galway Utd. He hit double figures last season with Limerick who ended up relegated. Those twelve goals came in just nineteen starts which is a fantastic strike rate and he has grabbed a couple already in pre-season.

Galway look like they might struggle this season which is no different from last when they were one of only two clubs to have two players finish in the each-way pay out positions. Enda Curran (25/1) was one of them but Faherty is much more tempting at the prices.

League Of Ireland Ante Post Betting Preview – SSE Airtricity League First Division

To be fair I am merely paying lip service to the First Division. Limerick are incredibly short to find their way back to the Premier Division at the first attempt. Boylesports and Paddy Power both go no higher than 1.4 (2/5) and that’s virtually impossible to consider.

Anyone of UCD, Drogheda Utd or Shelbourne are their main contenders with the prices 20/1 bar the top four. There are no each-way markets available for the outright betting on the League Of Ireland First Division.


League Of Ireland ante post betting preview tips

Vinny Faherty Top Goalscorer e/w @ 40/1 with Paddy Power

Ciaran Kilduff Top Goalscorer e/w @ 12/1 with Paddy Power

About the Author Vincent Mulligan

Vincent is the website manager and chief betting advisor for Irish Football Tips and Scottish Football Tips.

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