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Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Garry Doyle

Bohemians v Dundalk

(Dalymount Park, 7.45)

League form: Bohemians DDDLD, Dundalk LWWWW

Match odds: Bohemians 4/1, Dundalk 7/10, Draw 12/5

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin)

Team news: Bohs are missing Eoin Wearen and will give Dave Mulcahy a late fitness test. Jack Memery has returned freeing Stephen Beattie to return to his preferred attacking position. Dundalk are missing Stephen O'Donnell and Keith Ward but John Mountney is back.

Talking point: Dundalk have moved to the top of the table with 12 points in their last four games. Bohs have failed to win any of their last eight in the league. They have also failed to win at home in the league this season.

Verdict: Away winCork City v Athlone Town

(Turner's Cross, 7.45)

League form: Cork City LLWWW, Athlone Town LDLLW

Match odds: Cork City 2/5, Athlone Town 7/1, Draw 16/5

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)

Team news: Cork's Billy Dennehy is suspended while Darren Murphy, Danny Morrissey, Liam Kearney and Darren Dennehy are all injured. Athlone, meanwhile, are missing Aidan Collins and James O'Brien.

Talking point: While Athlone are making strides under Keith Long, their recently appointed manager, they remain nine points adrift of safety and need to add to their win over UCD last week if they are to have any chance of staying up. Cork, after winning three in a row, aren't likely to be merciful.

Verdict: Home winDrogheda Utd v Limerick

(United Park, 7.45)

League form: Drogheda United LLWLL, Limerick DLLLW

Match odds: Drogheda United 8/5, Limerick 8/5, Draw 11/5

Referee: A Buttimer (Cork)

Team news: Drogheda have Michael Daly suspended and Micheal Schlingermann and Stephen Maher injured. However, Gavan Holohan has overcome a knock while both Eric Foley and Gavin Brennan are free to play after suspension. Limerick are without Shane Costelloe.

Talking point: Drogheda's run of seven defeats from their last eight league games has dragged them into the relegation mix while Limerick's record on the road suggests they are capable of taking a point here.

Verdict: DrawSt Pat's Ath v Derry City

(Richmond Park, 7.45)

League form: St Pat's WDWDL, Derry DDLLW

Match odds: St Pat's 4/7, Derry 5/1, Draw 13/5

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

Team news: Derry welcome Cliff Byrne back from suspension but David Elebert (calf), Mark Stewart (calf), Cormac Burke (ankle) and Mark Timlin (ankle) are all doubts. St Pat's have concerns over Derek Foran and Mark Quigley.

Talking point: Six points behind leaders Dundalk, the champions have struggled to keep clean sheets this year. Just four from 14 league games has proved costly. Derry, with just three league wins, are improving and may nick a point here.

Verdict: DrawUCD v Bray Wanderers

(UCD Bowl, 7.45)

League form: UCD DWDDL, Bray WDWLL

Match odds: UCD 8/5, Bray 11/5, Draw 8/5

Referee: R Rogers (Dublin)

Team news: Bray have Adam Mitchell, Shane O'Neill and David Scully suspended but are boosted by the return of Shane O'Connor. Rob Maloney is also available while Eric McGill has recovered from a thigh problem. UCD will be without Ayman Ben Mohamed and Dean Clarke. Tomas Boyle and Cillian Morrison are doubts.

Talking point: Bray, despite scoring only three times in the last seven games, still managed to pick up eight points in that timeframe. UCD have won just one of their last 10 league games.

Verdict: Draw

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