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Sunday 30 April 2017

Derry City v Drogheda United

(Brandywell Stadium, 7.45)(Dalymount Park, 7.45)(The Showgrounds, 7.45)(Belfield Bowl, 7.45)(Richmond Park , 8.0)

League form: Derry WWWDW, Drogheda WDLLL

Match odds: Derry 1/8, Drogheda 16/1, Draw 5/1

Referee: R Winter (Dublin)

Team news: Long-term absentee Gareth McGlynn will be back for Derry's next match but Michael McCrudden (ankle) is out and Owen Morrison (calf) remains doubtful. Drogheda's Stephen Quigley (knee) returns from injury but Lee Lynch (ankle) and Jack Flynn (knee) won't play again this season.

Talking point: Derry are chasing their first league title since 1997 and moved a point clear of Shamrock Rovers on Friday. With the business end of the season coming, can Stephen Kenny's side hold their nerve?

Verdict: Home win

Bohemians v Dundalk

League form: Bohemians LWDWW, Dundalk DDDLD

Match odds: Bohemians 4/6, Dundalk 9/4, Draw 4/1

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin)

Team news: Ger O'Brien returns from suspension for the Gypsies, who have worries over Barry Murphy and Ollie Cahill's fitness.

Dundalk have Greg Bolger back from suspension and will give late fitness tests to Colin Hawkins and Ross Gaynor.

Talking point: Unbeaten in four, Bohs' slim chance of remaining in the league title race is dependent on their capacity to continue winning while those above them drop points. The points here should go their way.

Verdict: Home win

Sligo Rovers v Bray wdrs

League form: Sligo DLWDW, Bray LWDLL

Match odds: Sligo 1/6, Bray 12/1, Draw 5/1

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

Team news: Sligo are missing Aaron Greene (ankle) and may give a starting spot to the three subs -- Matthew Blinkhorn, John Dillon and Alan Keane -- who did so well on Friday at Tallaght. Bray are missing Adam Mitchell, Derek Prendergast and Danny O'Connor.

Talking point: Sligo's last-gasp win on Friday against Shamrock Rovers kept their title ambitions alive. Lose here and it will be squeaky bum time. However, Bray's early-season form has deserted them.

Verdict: Home win

UCD v Galway United

League form: UCD DLLWL, Galway LLLLD

Match odds: UCD 3/10, Galway 8/1, Draw 4/1

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

Team news: UCD are likely to name an unchanged team from Friday whereas Galway have worries over Johnny Keane (knee), Victor Collins (ankle), Eric Holland (hamstring). In addition, Stephen Walsh, Laurence Gaughan and Sean Kelly all face late fitness tests.

Talking point: Galway are looking for a new manager after Sean Connor's long goodbye came to its conclusion on Friday. Ironically, the Tribesmen finally landed a result then too. They won't get another here.

Verdict: Home win

St Pat's Ath v Shamrock Rvrs

League form: St Pat's LWDWW, Shamrock Rovers WWWWL

Match odds: Pat's 7/4, Rovers 9/4, Draw 5/4

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team news: Evan McMillan (groin) is a slight doubt for Pat's whereas Rovers are missing long-term absentees Conor McCormack, Dean Kelly and Ken Oman. Gary Twigg (calf) is another doubt. Pat Sullivan and Pat Flynn are both suspended.

Talking point: With the Europa League approaching on Thursday, you have to wonder if Rovers can keep their eye on the domestic ball. Friday's defeat to Sligo suggests they might not. Pat's to win.

Verdict: Home win

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