Sligo Rovers vs Motherwell Betting Overview
Sligo Rovers of Ireland caused a considerable upset against Scotland’s Motherwell in the first leg of their Europa Conference League clash. Can they close the deal at home in the return leg this afternoon? WagerTalk football handicapper Kevin Dolan shares his thoughts on Thursday’s showdown between Sligo Rovers and Motherwell.
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|Thursday July 28||Europa Conference League Betting Ratings|
|Total:||2.25 Goals (top odds courtesy of DraftKings)|
|Game time:||2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT|
Sligo Rovers vs Motherwell analysis
Sligo Rovers scored a sensational upset of Scottish Premiership side Motherwell at Fir Park last week as they set off on the road to beating the top 6 in Scotland.
A goal from Aidan Keena midway through the first half gave the Irish the advantage they never gave up and they now return to Ireland in good stead ahead of a pivotal Stage 2.
Motherwell are expected to bounce back with a win in this one as -105 favorites for this fixture, but with their first leg advantage secured, Sligo Rovers are the team that should qualify outright as the important -188 favorites. .
Motherwell seeks redemption
Motherwell enjoyed a strong season in the Scottish Premiership last year, finishing in the top half of the table to move up the Championship group in the final five games of the season.
The club’s back-to-back friendly wins in the off-season may also have made this side a bit too comfortable, as they faced a Sligo Rovers side who had struggled on the road this year in the Irish Premier League, ranking in the bottom half of the table.
However, they find themselves in a hole before this return game away to Ireland on Thursday night and will need to find form quickly if they are to progress from this tie.
Aidan Keena in sensational form
Motherwell must not have been given the memo on 23-year-old Irish striker Aidan Keena last week as he punished them in the first half, pounced on a Bevis Mugabi error at the back to score the only goal Match.
It now makes 13 goals in just 12 games for Keena as he leads the Irish league in total goals scored this season and also holds the league’s highest goal contribution rate at 35%.
Keena, who recently had two spells in Scotland with Hearts and Falkirk, will be looking forward to continuing that run on Thursday with another strong home display.
Sligo Rovers vs Motherwell Prediction
What looked like an extremely unlikely outcome just a week ago now looks possible as Sligo Rovers find themselves just 90 minutes away from claiming a major European scalp.
Rovers have the fourth-best home record in the Irish league this season, losing just three games all season in the west, and also have the league’s third-best xG and xGA standings inside the Showgrounds this year , so won’t present an easy exit for Motherwell in this one.
Motherwell, for his part, have been dismal on the road this year, recording just one road win in their last 13 league games of the season, the last of which was beaten 6-0 by the Celtic champions.
Although Motherwell are the better team overall here it is an absolutely massive game for Sligo Rovers and we love them on the +0.5 handicap line as they proved last week they are more than able to shut out Motherwell for most of the game.
Take Sligo Rovers +0.5 on the goal line during Thursday’s Europa Conference League game against Motherwell.
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Meet the author
“Ireland’s keenest sportsman” is how a leading newspaper dubbed Kevin Dolan after he became the first foreigner to win the World Series of Handicapping tournament in 2015. “The Irishman” has debuted betting on GAA, football, soccer and boxing, all to immense success. Since becoming a professional bettor, he has lit up the sports betting scene in the United States and abroad, winning two handicapping awards and writing a best-selling book on sports handicapping called “The Complete Guide to Sports Betting. “.
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