Wednesday 29 March 2017

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Neil Ahern

Galway Utd v Bray Wanderers

(Terryland Park, 7.45)

Last season: Galway 8th Bray 10th

Betting: Galway 3/4 Bray 16/5 Draw 9/4

Referee: A Kelly (Cork).

Team News: Long-term Galway absentees Alan Murphy and Jonathan Keane remain out, while Stephen O'Donnell is suspended. David O'Neill is still out for the Seagulls, while Philip Knight (knee) is a doubt.

Talking Point: Sean Connor's reign at the Galway helm got off to a controversial start as he saw his side reduced to 10 men after only 17 minutes, so they will need to show a lot more discipline as they take on a Bray side that had a respectable showing despite losing to Dundalk last week.

Verdict: Draw.

Sporting Fingal v Sligo Rovers

(Morton Stadium, 7.45)

Last season: Fingal 3rd (First Div) Sligo 7th

Betting: Fingal evens Sligo 12/5 Draw 21/10

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

Team News: Lorcan Fitzgerald (fractured cheekbone) is definitely out for Fingal, while Ger O'Brien (hamstring), John Frost (calf), Shaun Williams (knee) and Eamon Zayed (hip) will undergo late fitness tests. Richie Ryan, Danny Ventre, Richard Brush and Padraig Amond are all doubtful for Sligo.

Talking Point: The Dubliners showed against Bohs last week that they are made of the right stuff for a title push but Rovers have been tipped by many as dark horses so this promises to be an intriguing battle.

Verdict: Draw.

Irish Independent

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