Shelbourne vs Derry City Predictions

Shelbourne vs Derry City predictions ahead of this clash in the Irish Premier Division. Derry will be keen to bounce back after suffering a defeat against Shamrock Rovers. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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Shelbourne vs Derry City Predictions

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An Exciting Clash of the League’s Contrasts

Key Stats
– Defensive Prowess: Both Shelbourne and Derry City boast impressive defensive records, with clean sheets in over 50% of their matches this season. This demonstrates the tactical acumen and solidity at the back from both sides.
– Away Advantage: Derry City’s away form is a crucial factor, as they have not lost a league match against Shelbourne when playing away in their last six encounters. This stat bolsters the argument for a possible Derry City victory.
– Goal Drought: A concern for Shelbourne could be their recent scoring form. They have drawn blanks in three of their last five games, a stat that Derry City’s well-organised defence will be looking to capitalise on.

As the League of Ireland Premier Division gains momentum, a riveting match-up is on the horizon. Shelbourne, eager to bounce back from their recent 1-0 defeat against St. Patrick’s Athletic, will face a formidable Derry City squad, currently recovering from a similar 1-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers. 

Shels Aiming For Redemption

Shelbourne’s recent form has been less than stellar. They have won only one of their last six matches and have drawn blanks in three of their last five games. Their last encounter with St. Patrick’s Athletic saw them enjoying 60% possession and attempting 10 shots, with three finding the target. Yet, the only goal was scored by their opponent’s Jake Mulraney. In their last six fixtures, fewer than three goals were recorded, an indication of their recent offensive struggles. 


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Shelbourne’s head-to-head record against Derry City paints a similarly grim picture. Having not registered a win against Derry in their last four league matches, the Shels will have their work cut out for them. The bright spot, however, is their recent unbeaten run in the last two home league matches. This might be the momentum Shelbourne need to challenge the visitor’s dominance. 

Derry City Striving For Consistency

Despite suffering a loss against Shamrock Rovers, Derry City managed to control 56% possession and launched seven attempts, one of which hit the target. The sole goal of the game was scored by Rovers’ Rory Gaffney. This pattern of a low number of goals – an average of just 1.5 in their last six games – could be a cause for concern for the travelling squad. 

However, Derry City hold an impressive record when playing away against Shelbourne, being undefeated in their last six league matches. This, combined with their superior tally of away points this season, second only to Shamrock Rovers, puts them in good stead. 

A History of Thrilling Encounters

Analysing their most recent head-to-head meetings since April 2022, Derry City emerges as the dominant team, securing victories in three of the six encounters while Shelbourne managed a lone win. These matches were not high-scoring, with a combined total of 11 goals scored – Derry netting eight and Shelbourne just three. 

Team News

The Shelbourne squad is in excellent health, with manager Damien Duff having a full roster to select from. The anticipated formation will be a 3-4-1-2 system with key players like Conor Kearns, Andrew Quinn, and Shane Griffin leading the pack.

On the other hand, Derry City has a few significant absentees due to injuries. Ciaron Harkin, Patrick McEleney, and Colm Whelan are out of action. Nevertheless, Derry City’s likely 4-2-3-1 formation, led by Brian Maher, Ronan Boyce, and Cameron Dummigan, offers a balanced attack and defence strategy.


Given the historical data and recent form, our primary prediction points towards a high-scoring encounter with Over 2.5 Goals. Despite Shelbourne’s recent offensive struggles, their unbeaten home streak and high ball possession statistics suggest they can create opportunities. Derry City, with their impressive away record and the capability of capitalising on created chances, adds weight to the likelihood of a goalfest.

Furthermore, we suggest a small bet on the 3-0 win for Derry City in the correct score market. This may seem counter-intuitive, given their recent low-scoring encounters, but their strong away record against Shelbourne could prove decisive, especially if they are able to find a goal earlier in the game and force the Shels to open up and leave more space at the back.

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