Wednesday 26 July 2017

Tonight's League of Ireland previews

Bohemians v Derry City (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

League form: Bohemians WWWLW, Derry WWDWW

Match odds: Bohemians 7/4, Derry 6/4, Draw 21/10

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

Team news: Keith Buckley is out for the hosts after breaking his nose against Everton. Stephen Traynor is still out, but Anto Flood returns. Re-signed winger Owen Morrison comes into the Derry squad, but Ruaidhri Higgins and Kevin Deery have not trained all week and are doubts for Stephen Kenny.

Talking point: The Gypsies have only won a third of their home games this season, with the majority of their points coming away from Dalymount Park. Pat Fenlon's team plundered a great victory against Sligo last weekend, but the manager may need to loosen his rigid system in order to win more home games.

Verdict: Draw.

Dundalk v Bray Wdrs

(Oriel Park, 7.45)

League form: Dundalk DWDDD, Bray LWLLW

Match odds: Dundalk 8/11, Bray 7/2, Draw 5/2

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin).

Team news: The Lilywhites will again be without Eoghan Osborne (fractured tibia), Stephen McDonnell (knee) and Colin Hawkins (hamstring), while doubts persist over Nathan Murphy (toe). Gary Dempsey's back strain means the Bray captain is a doubt, while Kieran Marty Waters is another concern for the Seagulls.

Talking point: Dundalk can't seem to make up their mind if they're a top-half or bottom-half team. Ian Foster's men can be brilliant one week and very ordinary the next and one win from their last six games is a poor return. Bray got back to winning ways last week, but the Lilywhites should have enough to see them through.

Verdict: Home win.

St Pat's v Drogheda

(Richmond Park, 7.45)

League form: St Pat's LDDDL, Drogheda LLWWD

Match odds: St Pat's 2/7, Drogheda 9/1, Draw 4/1

Referee: P Sutton (Clare).

Team news: St Pat's winger Sean O'Connor is a doubt with a calf strain, while Shane McFaul and Gary Rogers return from suspension. Drogheda will be without the trio of Jack Flynn, Colm O'Brien and Peter McMahon as they aim to continue their good form.

Talking point: It's only a matter of weeks since St Pat's were looking unbeatable, but their European run and the bitter fallout of their bonus row appears to be lingering. The Saints are now five games without a win and are struggling. Drogheda have found some form and could well threaten the vulnerable hosts this evening.

Verdict: Draw.

Irish Independent

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