A few years ago, this would have been a match which would have gone a long way towards deciding the title. Nowadays, this is merely a team that is strolling towards the title and a side that has fallen down the ranks in recent years. Cork City has had a tremendous season, going unbeaten for 23 games and continuing their hot-streak even after losing Sean Maguire. Maguire was their key goal scorer, so to be able to continue their positive season despite losing him is an excellent achievement. Sligo on the other hand are a team that have struggled. They are one position off bottom and relegation is looking like a very realistic ending to their season.
Cork City Form
Sean Maguire had scored 20 goals before he left Cork City for Preston. The young striker has gone from strength-to-strength and has been named in the recent Republic of Ireland squad. His former side have also continued their rise. They have only lost one league game this season, to Bohemians. Since that, they have defeated Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United since To be able to bounce back after that loss and be able to continue where they left off is extremely impressive. They are not scoring as freely as they were before Maguire left, but they are still grinding out wins. They’ve gained a ruthless efficiency and are the envy of every other side in the league at the moment.
Sligo Rovers form
Sligo can’t buy a win at the moment – they are playing pretty well, but they aren’t getting the results they need to escape out of the bottom three. They are currently just one position above the bottom place. A few years ago, this was a team that was winning cups and competing at the top of the division. However, that is not the case now. They are a team that are simply not good enough to compete at the top end of the division now. They will now need to prove that they can compete in the Irish Premier League.
Cork didn’t go so well in their recent game against Shamrock Rovers. However, that’s not what is dominating the news headlines in Cork. They are all talking about Sean Maguire making the Ireland squad. Maguire is a Cork legend now and will get his chance for Martin O’Neill’s side. However, Cork will have to concentrate on their own performances and trying to wrap up the league.
Cork City versus Sligo Rovers has an obvious outcome. We think the team from the South of Ireland will win, but we don’t think it will be a high scoring affair. City haven’t been scoring as freely as they once were. They are picking up the wins though and should have plenty in the tank after picking off a Sligo Rovers side that haven’t been performing well. Cork are 1/3 to win the game. It’s simple – bet big and get a decent return with these odds.