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by Aidan Fitzmaurice

TEAM NEWS: No James O'Brien for Athlone due to suspension while Graham Rusk and Sean Byrne are doubts but Sean Brennan is available after a ban. Full squad for Rovers boss Pat Fenlon, new man Patrick Cregg added in..

MATCH POINT: Rovers got their biggest league win of the season (4-1) here in March and with just one clean sheet in the last 7 games, Athlone will find this a struggle.

BETTING: Athlone 5/1, Rovers 8/15, draw 31/10

FORECAST: Rovers win

Bohemian FC v Drogheda United (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Eoin Wearen is out for Bohs through suspension. Stephen Maher is a doubt for United.

MATCH POINT: With no goals in the last 3 games, Bohs fasn can only hope that the scoring touch returns but a draw may have to do here.

BETTING: Bohs 1/1, Drogheda 11/4, draw 23/10

FORECAST: draw

Bray Wanderers v Sligo Rovers (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Dave Scully is suspended for Bray. Sligo's Danny North also missing due to a ban.

MATCH POINT: A return of one point from 8 games is a real concern for Bray and while Sligo's squad is again reduced with the midweek exit of Eric Odihambo, Rovers will still be too strong for Bray.

BETTING: Bray 7/1, Sligo 2/5, draw 7/2

FORECAST: Sligo win

Derry City v Cork City (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Blow for Cork as Billy Dennehy, Garry Buckley and Colin Healy both serve a one-match ban but Brian Lenihan is available again. Top scorer Rory Patterson is out for Derry due to a suspension.

MATCH POINT: Big weekend for Cork with games against Derry and Bray where they may need 6 points to keep pace with Dundalk but may have to settle for a draw here.

BETTING: Derry 23/20, Cork 5/2, draw 11/5

FORECAST: draw

Dundalk v Limerick (Oriel Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Full squad for Dundalk bar Stephen O'Donnell. Kieran Djilali and Prince Agyemang are doubts for Limerick.

MATCH POINT: 8 goals in 2 games shows that Limerick are hitting form under Martin Russell but Dundalk's form will see them through.

BETTING: Dundalk 3/10, Limerick 9/1, draw 4/1

FORECAST: Dundalk win

St Patrick's Athletic v UCD (Richmond Park, 8.00)

TEAM NEWS: Mark Quigley is banned for Pats but Sean Hoare and Christopher Forrester are back from suspension. Big boost for UCD as keeper Conor O'Donnell is available after a finger injury but Mark Langtry, Dean Clarke and Tomas Boyle are all out.

MATCH POINT: A 0-0 draw at home to Bohs last week stopped the rot for UCD after leaking 10 goals in 2 games but a full-strength Pats can deliver the win.

BETTING: Pats 1/7, UCD 16/1, draw 13/2

FORECAST: Pats win

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Waterford United v Finn Harps (RSC, 7.45)

BETTING: Waterford 11/4, Harps 21/20, draw 9/4

FORECAST: draw

Wexford Youths v Shelbourne (Ferrycarrig Park, 8.00)

BETTING: Wexford 21/10, Shels 11/8, draw 21/10

FORECAST: Shels win

Athlone T v Shamrock R (Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45)

by Aidan Fitzmaurice


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