Kevin Hatchard's back in the driver's seat, and our first stop of the week is the Irish First Division.
"Drogheda have won their last four games without conceding a goal, while Shelbourne have the joint-best defensive record in the division."
Shelbourne v Drogheda United
Monday 04 June, 17:00
Defences to stay tight tonight
Ali v Frazier. Bolt v Gatlin. Connors v McEnroe. Gourlay v Hatchard. After I posted a fine week of winners last time out, Tobias went and beat it, and last night's 3-0 win for Peru over Saudi Arabia was the icing on the cake. Chapeau.
We're off to the Republic of Ireland, because Shelbourne are in action against Drogheda United. Both sides have made a fine start to the First Division season. Third-placed Shels are only six points off top spot, while Drogheda are just two points adrift of the leaders UCD.
This is a clash between two of the best defences in the league. Shelbourne have leaked just 11 goals in 15 games (no-one in the league has a better record), while Drogheda have let in just 12 goals.
To underline that defensive excellence, Drogheda are on a run of four wins to nil in the league, and they haven't conceded a league goal since the first week of May. Shelbourne are looking for a third straight victory, and have only leaked two goals in their last four league outings.
With both teams defending well, I'm a little surprised to see Under 2.5 Goals trading at [2.06]. The last four league meetings between the two have featured fewer than three goals, and we can perhaps dismiss Shels' 7-2 League Cup win over Drogheda as a bizarre outlier.
Points Staked: 83
Points Returned: 88.81
P/L: +5.81 points