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League of Ireland Premier Division 2017 Odds

League of Ireland Premier Division

Who wins the League of Ireland Premier Division 2017?

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The 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division is the 33rd season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The league will begin on  March 2017 and conclude on October 2017.

The Premier Division consists of 12 teams. Each team plays each other three times, a total of 33 matches in the season. The 12 clubs competes for €371,500 in prize money ranging from €110,000 for the winners to €17,000 for the team finishing bottom of the table.

In 2016, Dundalk won the championship for their 12th time. After the final whistle, Stephen Kenny paid tribute to his players and staff after the club took a big step en route to completing the double for their second successive season. Kenny took time to praise his entire squad for their part in getting over the line: “It’s been a collective effort,” he said, when asked about the impact of close signings Robbie Benson and Patrick McEleney. “The two players we’ve brought in, young players that have come in – they’ve been sensational.’’ The campaign isn’t over yet for Ireland’s champions. With qualification for the latter stages of the UEFA Europa League still a real possibility, eyes will firmly be set on their trip to St Petersburg next week. Three days later, Cork City await in the FAI Cup final.

The 2016 League of Ireland attendance total comes in at 344,180. This is an average gate of 1,114 across the two divisions. Comparing the only figures we can with this season, Dundalk’s average home gate this season came in at 2,738. Cork City’s turnstile turned on average 2,533 times per game this season.

The 2017’s championship looks to be only a matter of time until Dundalk will confirm their good form and win it. Since 2014, the team from Oriel Park had no trouble in winning League of Ireland Premier Division and there is no sign that this will change in the upcoming season.

Cork City, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers F.C, the teams that will also represent Ireland in Europe next year and Dundalk’s biggest opponents are not seeming to make an effort in order to stop the domination.

’’ We’re a bit behind Dundalk and Cork and next season we’ll look to reduce the gap.’’, said Kenny Shiels, Derry City’s boss, amplifying the idea that even they are aware that Dundalk’s domination will continue for at least one more season. Derry City fans will take great hope from the team Shiels is developing at Brandywell and with plenty to look forward to in 2017, the Derry boss takes great pleasure in having proven the doubters wrong.

Rovers, the 5th place of 2016 season will not be a contender for the first 2 places next season. After the farce that was last season many fans would have been happy with another tenth place finish. Out of the relegation zone but comfortable enough to stay in the league while some may also have been expecting the manager merry-go-round to continue especially after the poor start to Dave Robertson’s career at the club.