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by Aidan Fitzmaurice

TEAM NEWS: Blow for Athlone as Eric Foley is suspended. Cork's Ross Gaynor, previously cup-tied, is available, John O'Flynn could return.

MATCH POINT: Three draws in the last four games has given Athlone hope of survival but Cork, who looked sluggish in their Cup battles with Bohs, can give a response here.

BETTING: Athlone 4/1, Cork 4/6, draw 11/4

FORECAST: Cork win

Bray Wanderers v UCD (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Jake Kelly returns for Bray but they are missing Michael Barker, Dave Webster, Adam Hanlon, Eric McGill and Shane O'Neill. UCD without Mark Langtry and Thomas Boyle.

MATCH POINT: A weekend off due to the FAI Cup will have helped both clubs, their last clash was a 0-0 draw and a repeat on the cards.

BETTING: Bray 1/1, UCD 13/5, draw 5/2

FORECAST: Draw

Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic (Brandywell 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Greg Bolger suspended again for Pats. Derry at full strength.

MATCH POINT: City appear to be back on track after a poor spell and while the Derry-Pats tie in the Brandywell earlier this season was a tight 0-0, Derry can get the points here.

BETTING: Derry 23/10, Pats 6/5, draw 9/4

FORECAST: Derry win

Dundalk v Bohemians (Oriel Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Stephen O'Donnell and Simon Kelly the only absentees for Dundalk. Defensive problems for Bohs with Steven Beattie suspended, Dan Byrne and Anto Murphy injured and Dave Mulcahy unavailable.

MATCH POINT: A full-strength Bohs could have tested Dundalk here but the away side will struggle with a patched-up defence.

BETTING: Dundalk 4/9, Bohs 13/2, draw 16/5

FORECAST: Dundalk win

Limerick v Drogheda United (Thomond Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Robbie Williams, Samuel Oji, Stephen Folan and Jason Hughes are doubts for Limerick. United without Gavin Brennan for the second league game in a row.

MATCH POINT: Drogheda are finding form again after a sticky spell but their focus now is the FAI Cup and Limerick can get a point.

BETTING: Limerick 21/20, United 13/5, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Draw

Shamrock Rvs v Sligo Rvs (Tallaght Stadium, 8.00)

TEAM NEWS: Gary McCabe (suspended) sits this out for the Hoops. Alan Keane and Danny Ledwith out for Sligo with a one-match ban.

MATCH POINT: The Hoops have enjoyed two 1-0 wins over Sligo this season and with the away side's defence stretched, Pat Fenlon's side look set for a win.

BETTING: Rovers 11/10, Sligo 13/5, draw 11/5

FORECAST: Rovers win

TONIGHT: First Division

Galway v Waterford United (Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45)

BETTING: Galway 1/3, Waterford 8/1, draw 19/5

FORECAST: Draw

Finn Harps v Shamrock Rvs (Finn Park, 8.00)

BETTING: Harps 4/9, Rovers 7/1, draw 3/1

FORECAST: Harps win

Shelbourne v Longford Town (Tolka Park, 8.00)

BETTING: Shels 12/5, Longford 23/20, draw 9/4

FORECAST: Draw

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports

Athlone Town v Cork City (Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45)

by Aidan Fitzmaurice


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