Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City Predictions

Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City predictions for Monday’s Ireland Premier Division clash. The top two clash at Tallaght with Derry enjoying winless run. Read on for our free match preview and betting tips. 

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Shamrock Rovers vs Derry City Predictions


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Top of the Table Clash: Shamrock Rovers Versus Derry City

Key Stats
– Shamrock Rovers have an impressive tally of 12 victories in their last 16 league games, exhibiting a strong form.
– Despite their second-place position, Derry City’s recent away form is worrisome, with their last two games on the road ending in defeat.
The two teams have clashed thrice already this season, with the away side winning on each occasion. The trend suggests a tight game, with both teams possessing the capability to stun the other on their home ground.

The Irish football sphere is buzzing with anticipation as the two top-ranked teams in the League of Ireland, Shamrock Rovers and Derry City, prepare for their face-off this Monday in Dublin. These two titans, mirroring their first and second positions from last season, are neck and neck in the current standings, with the competition staying incredibly fierce.

Recent Performances and Current Standing

Shamrock Rovers, reigning champions, have had a rather turbulent spell lately. After a surprising home defeat to Drogheda United and a close-fought loss at Cork City with just eight players on the pitch, the Rovers pulled themselves up by the bootstraps, rattling off three consecutive victories this June and putting nine goals past their opponents without conceding any. A draw against Bohemians has narrowed their lead, but the Hoops are still firmly in control of their title defence.


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Derry City, currently trailing Shamrock by four points, are also gearing up for the clash. The Candystripes’ recent away form, however, does not paint a rosy picture. After a stellar start to the season with eight unbeaten away games under their belt, Derry have seen their fortune dip, losing their last two away matches.

The European Equation

Adding to the intensity of the competition is the upcoming European action. Both teams will soon divert their focus to their respective European matches, with Shamrock looking ahead to the Champions League qualification and Derry preparing for their trip to the Faroe Islands for the Europa Conference League.

A Look at the Team Form and Lineups

Shamrock’s form on paper seems impressive, with 12 victories in their last 16 league matches. However, Derry have shown that they can upset the Rovers on their home turf, as seen in the 2-1 victory at Tallaght earlier this season. In terms of team news, Shamrock will miss their first-choice goalkeeper, Alan Mannus, and defender, Daniel Cleary, due to injuries. Derry City, too, will be playing without Ronan Boyce and Ben Doherty due to suspension, as well as William Patching and Patrick McEleney due to injuries.

Fan Engagement

The clash is generating significant fan excitement, both at home and abroad, given the two teams’ rivalry and position in the table. The match is predicted to be a sell-out, with Shamrock Rovers’ home, Tallaght Stadium, expected to be at full capacity.

Impact on the League Table

A win for Shamrock Rovers would solidify their position at the top and create a sizable seven-point gap between them and Derry City, applying enormous pressure on the latter for their remaining fixtures. However, a victory for Derry would cut the gap to a mere point, making the title race wide open and unpredictable.

An Analysis in Favour of Shamrock Rovers

Despite the unpredictable nature of football, certain key statistics seem to sway in favour of Shamrock Rovers. They boast a higher average of goals scored per game (2.1) than Derry (1.4), a crucial aspect considering the Rovers’ offensive prowess and Derry’s recent frailty on the road. Moreover, the Rovers have shown superior ball possession (59.0%) compared to Derry (56.8%), further tipping the scales in their favour.


Given the statistics and recent form, it’s tempting to predict a victory for Shamrock Rovers with both teams scoring. Their recent offensive form and Derry’s capacity to nick a goal even in adverse situations make this prediction a plausible outcome. As for the correct score prediction, a 2-1 win for Shamrock Rovers seems like a fair assumption, echoing their last victory against Derry and considering the current form of both teams. 


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