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Friday 2 December 2016

Sligo Rovers v Shamrock Rovers

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

(The Showgrounds, 7.35, RTE2)

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League form: Sligo LWLWD, Shamrock Rovers WWDWD

Match odds: Sligo 15/8, Shamrock Rovers 7/5, Draw 11/5

Referee: A Buttimer (Cork)

Team news: Shamrock Rovers have doubts over the fitness of Karl Sheppard (ankle) and Ken Oman (calf), while Sligo's Iarfhlaith Davoren has until kick-off to prove his fitness after missing the last two games with a knock.

Talking point: All the talk before the start of the season was that Sligo would be the team to challenge the champions for their two in a row. Paul Cook's men are five points off the top but have yet to hit a rich vein of form. If they're going to do it, now is the time.

Verdict: Draw.

Bohemians v Drogheda Utd

Dalymount Park, 7.45

League form: Bohemians WLDLW, Drogheda WLWLW

Match odds: Bohemians 4/11, Drogheda 8/1, Draw 16/5

Referee: R Rogers (Dublin)

Team news: Anto Flood's return from suspension may be hampered by a groin strain, while Chris O'Connor remains out with a facial injury. Drogheda are without the injured Jack Flynn, while Mark O'Brien is suspended.

Talking point: The last time Bohs put two wins together came when they beat Bray and Drogheda in their opening two games. A repeat would do the trick for Pat Fenlon and they should have enough, but Mick Cooke's side are on the up.

Verdict: Home win.

Dundalk v Galway United

(Oriel Park, 7.45)

League form: Dundalk WLLLD, Galway LLLLL

Match odds: Dundalk 1/9, Galway 20/1, Draw 13/2

Referee: P McLaughlin (Dublin)

Team news: After their impressive display in Tallaght on Tuesday, Dundalk are boosted by the return of Jason Byrne, while Dean Bennett and Colin Hawkins are doubtful with ankle injuries. Steve Feeney is banned for Galway, while Joseph Yoffe is out injured.

Talking point: With everyone on the transfer list, money owed to the players and staff and a run of 13 straight defeats, things are more than bleak out west. A repeat of Dundalk's slick display against Rovers in midweek should see the streak rise to 14.

Verdict: Home win.

St Pat's Ath v Bray WdRs

(Richmond Park, 7.45)

League form: St Pat's WDWWW, Bray DWWWL

Match odds: St Pat's 1/2, Bray 11/2, Draw 14/5

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team news: Pat's captain Conor Kenna is two weeks away from a comeback but they are boosted by the return of Ian Bermingham and Derek Pender, while Dave Mulcahy is a major doubt. Bray are without Gary Shaw (ankle), Stephen Brennan (calf), Darren Quigley (elbow) and Jake Kelly (hamstring).

Talking point: With the two Rovers battling it out, there is every chance that the Saints could go top tonight if they can keep their recent run going. Unbeaten in 13, winning 10, they have a difficult schedule in round three and beating Bray at home is a must.

Verdict: Home win.

UCD v Derry City

The UCD Bowl, 7.45

League form: UCD LLLLL, Derry WDDWD

Match odds: UCD 6/1, Derry 4/9, Draw 4/9

Referee: P Tuite (Dublin)

Teamnews: Robbie Creevy misses out for the hosts with a leg injury, while the visitors' highly rated winger James McClean is a doubt after suffering from tonsillitis, with Stephen McLaughlin ready to take his place. Barry Molloy's ankle ligaments could keep him out.

Talking point: The top-scoring Candystripes have netted nine goals in two games against the students who have conceded 42 goals this season. Stephen Kenny's men have had two difficult visits to Dublin recently, but this should be more comfortable.

Verdict: Away win.

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