St. Patricks Ath. - Bohemians

A million euros question. What is worse? To bet on low odd and loose your money, or to miss a very high one and win nothing? However, I think this will stop a bad run.


In the last two seasons. St. Patrick finished as a runner-up. Club had one of the largest budgets, but failure to win the league and big financial losses in the previous year, were the reasons for the club’s decision to revert to part-time football for the 2009 season. They lost some very good players and manager Jeff Kenna has an impossible task to reach top three and European qualifications. After 15 rounds the Saints keep 7th place with big 15 points less than today’s opponent, leaders Bohemians. They have just a single win from last eight competitive games (Dundalk away, 1-0), two draws and five defeats. Don’t know for a win at home in last four games. With the injury list, the things become worse. Darragh Ryan (defender) and Gareth O’Connor (midfielder) both picked up injuries against Derry and are expected to join Alan Cawley (mid), Gints Freimans (striker), Gary Dempsey (mid), Mark Leech (str) on the sidelines. Stuart Byrne (mid) is suspended, while John Lester (mid) returns having served his one match suspension. Bobby Ryan (mid) is expected to make his return and to play a part in the match.

Bohemians is the last season champion and cup-winner that finished 19 points clear of second-placed St Patrick’s Athletic, with only 13 goals conceded. They will be again the most serious candidate to win the title. Their performances this season have recognizable pattern. Three wins in a row, all with clean sheet (in past 15 rounds conceded just 7 goals, btw.). They made two consecutive defeats on the road against two of three biggest competitors (Derry City 2-3 and Shamrock Rovers 1-2), but at last friday defeated the third - Cork City, away also (1-0) and with a win this week against Galway silenced the doubters who thought they were beginning to show a few weaknesses. Boss Pat Fenlon, despite highly pleased with performance against Galway, has his own injury concerns ahead of the game. Mark Rossiter (mid) remains out with a groin injury, Joseph Ndo (mid) misses out with a hamstring problem, while Jason McGuinness (def) is suspended. Glen Crowe (str) and Owen Heary (def) have both returned to training following hamstring injuries, and Fenlon hopes to have both available for selection. Bohs won six from last seven matches at Richmond Park.

The Saints will miss seven players. Even with the best eleven they would hardly resist against Bohemians. On the other hand, visitors will probably be the favorites in all league games till the end. The bookies don’t respect the fact St. Patrick is one of the biggest names in Ireland and offer, for away wins, unusually low odds. Anyway, I go on Bohs to win. Bookie Sunderlands offers 2.35, William Hill and the others, about 1.80. Away win.


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