League of Ireland Cup quarter finals throw up tempting treble opportunity

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As the League of Ireland Cup reaches its quarter final stage, this Monday night treble offers an enticing opportunity, at odds of around 7/1.

Derry City (4/6) to beat Bohemians

This tie sees two sides with very different form figures clash at Dalymount Park. Derry’s 2-1 victory over the Bohs last Friday stretched their unbeaten run to seven games, whilst prolonging Bohemians’ winless streak, now at five.

The head to head record doesn’t read well for Aaron Callaghan’s side either, with the Candystripes coming out on top in seven of the last eight meetings between the clubs.

And even without their two top goalscorers this season in Rory Patterson and Michael Rafter, it is hard not to envisage the ten-time cup winners triumphing here.

Cork City (7/4) to beat Drogheda

Drogheda’s loss to Shamrock Rovers last week compounded them to a fifth straight defeat. It is hard to see them bouncing back in style against Cork City who have only lost one of their last five on the road.

The home side will want to put up a fight as they look to regain the cup, but an upcoming Europa League qualifier against Malmo is sure to be in the back of their minds. And with the form the visitors are in, the Rebel Army look well set to take advantage of any distractions.

Expect a tight, physical game, but it is Cork who look the value to come out on top at Hunky Dorys Park.

Sligo Rovers (4/5) to beat Limerick

Sligo’s back line has been in inspired form of late, with four consecutive clean sheets away from home. Couple that with their potent attacking force, they look like laying down a challenge to the league leaders.

Their recent record in the cup also illustrates how seriously they take the competition, reaching at least the semi finals in the last four years. And this season is no different, with boss Ian Baraclough simply exclaiming: “I want to win it. I want to be a Sligo Rovers manager that has won a League Cup”.

Opponents Limerick have not beaten the Bit O’ Red since 2004, and have been inconsistent of late, failing to secure back to back wins since April.

Once again, it is the visitors who are fancied here, and they should do so without too much trouble.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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