Shamrock Rovers vs. Hibernians Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 05, 2022 20:30 CET
The first round of qualification for the Champions League brings us a very interesting duel, and it is a match between Shamrock Rovers from Ireland and Hibernians from Malta.
The team from Ireland welcomes this match in a great mood. In the domestic championship, they are well on their way to a new title, so they can play the duel against Hibernians completely relieved.
The home team gained a 10-point advantage over Dundalk in the national championship, and we can say that they have shown the most of all the teams in the league so far.
They can also boast of the fact that they are the second most efficient team in the league. They scored 37 goals in 23 matches, which is a good performance by Irish football standards.
The home field is undoubtedly their strongest weapon this season. In 11 games, they have 10 wins and 1 draw, with a goal difference of 21:5. However, lately, they have had minor problems when it comes to goal-scoring performance, but we have to keep in mind that they played three very hard matches in the space of only 7 days.
In the last match against Finn Harps, they played with a significantly changed lineup, which suggests that the Shamrock coach wanted to rest more important players for a much more important game.
We believe that the home team will want to “transfer” their good form from the domestic championship to these qualifications, and if they play with 50 percent of their strength, it is quite realistic to expect that they will already secure a place in the second round in this match.
Hibernians reached the title last season in the last moments. They took advantage of the fact that Florian’s team experienced several consecutive failures at the very end of the championship, and teams like Hibernians do not tolerate that.
In the 27 matches they played, they managed to score only 54 points, which is low considering that they are by far the best team in Malta. Last season they played below the expected average, which is best shown by the fact that they even drew 9 times.
As strange as it sounds, they liked the matches on the away courts more. They were much more effective away from home, but the more open style of play resulted in them losing as many as 12 points in 14 away matches.
The defensive segment of the game was their weakest link on the road, and since they did not have too many changes in the playing staff, it is to be expected that the game in defense will “trouble” them this season as well.
In the preparatory matches before the start of these qualifications, they did not show the expected quality, so they absolutely deservedly have the epithet of outsiders in the duel with Shamrock, even though they have an almost 30 percent more expensive team.
In the past years, they ended their European tour mostly in the first round of qualifications, and it will be the same this time as well if they “don’t get” a favorable result in this game, because it is very difficult to expect that Hibernians can “come back to life” after a possible deficit of 3 up to 4 goal difference.
This will be the first duel between these teams.
Team News and Injuries
Shamrock Rovers: Jak Byrne.
Hibernians: No absences.
Shamrock Rovers vs Hibernians Prediction
The Irish championship is much better at the moment, and we expect that for this reason, the home team will justify the epithet of big favorites. A big advantage for the Shamrock team is the fact that they have been in a competitive rhythm for a long time, while Hibernians played only two friendly games after the end of the championship.
Shamrock is a team that rarely concedes goals at home, which shows enough of their defensive qualities. They are known as a very unpleasant team that knows how to completely control the situation on the field, which we could see many times in their matches in the domestic championship.
We believe that they will not risk too much, and that they will want to win without conceding a goal. That way, the rematch would be just a formality, which is also their goal.
Date and time: 05.07.2022 20:30 CET
Prediction: BET BUILDER
Over 0 Goals in the 1st Half for Both Teams Combined
Under 5 Goals in the 1st Half for Both Teams Combined
Over 0 Goals in the 2nd Half for Both Teams Combined
Under 5 Goals in the 2nd Half for Both Teams Combined
Under 2 Goals in the 1st Half for Hibernians
Under 2 Goals in the 2nd Half for Hibernians