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Galway Utd v St Patrick's Ath

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Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45)

League form: Galway United LLWLW, St Patrick's Athletic WDWDW

Match odds: Galway United 5/1, St Patrick's Athletic 8/13, Draw 5/2

Referee: J McKell (Tipperary)

Team news: Galway have to plan without the services of Jason Molloy (broken toe), Andy O'Connell (ankle) and Kilian Cantwell (knee), while St Patrick's Athletic are missing their Togo international Cyril Guedje, who has a calf strain. Christy Fagan will face a late fitness on a knee injury.

Talking point: After starting the season with two defeats from three games, St Pat's are putting together a run of form, going eight matches unbeaten. "We still have some things to improve on," said their manager, Liam Buckley. "We need to now put together a consistent run of performances." They should keep that run going against Galway, who have won two out of their last three.

Verdict: Away win

Shamrock Rvs v Drogheda Utd

Tallaght Stadium (8.0)

League form: Shamrock Rovers WDDWD, Drogheda United LLLDL

Match odds: Shamrock Rovers 1/4, Drogheda United 11/1, Draw 4/1

Referee: S Grant (Wexford)

Team news: Drogheda are missing Sean Thornton (suspended) as well as injured pair Neil Yadolahi and Lloyd Buckley. Glenn Cronin, the Shamrock Rovers coach, is suspended from the technical area, while defender Dave Webster is a doubt.

Talking point: Having won their opening two matches of the season, Drogheda have picked up only two points from their subsequent eight games and the Louth men need to arrest that slide if they are to avoid slipping into the relegation zone. "We have put in our best displays this season against St Pat's, Cork and Dundalk because they are different type of games," said their manager, John McDonnell.

Verdict: Home win

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