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Premier Division previews

Aidan Fitzmaurice looks ahead to tonight's fixtures

DROGHEDA UTD v ST PATRICK'S ATH (HUNKY DORYS PARK, 3.0)

• TEAM NEWS: Full squad for United as Alan Byrne and Ryan Brennan (pictured) are fit. Also a full squad for St Pat's.

pMATCH POINT: St Pat's have a very good away record with four wins from their last four matches outside of Richmond Park and while Drogheda's leaky defence – six goals conceded in the last three – is a concern, Drogheda should extend their unbeaten record to 11 games with a draw here.

pBETTING: Drogheda 13/5, St Pats 1/1, draw 9/4

pFORECAST: Draw

Cork City v Limerick (Turner's Cross (3.30)

pTEAM NEWS: Unchanged squad for City with Kevin Murray and Brian Lenihan still absent. Limerick recall Craig Curran.

pMATCH POINT: Heartbreak for Limerick as they led 1-0 away to Derry City on Friday only to lose 2-1, but Stuart Taylor's side can do enough here to get only their second away win of the season.

pBETTING: Cork 6/4, Limerick 17/10, draw 11/5

pFORECAST: Limerick win

Sligo Rovers v Derry City (Showgrounds, 5.00)

pTEAM NEWS: Change for Sligo as Anthony Elding is suspended but Ross Gaynor and Iartlaith Davoren return while Raff Cretaro may also be fit enough to take part. Kevin Deery and Paddy Kavanagh remain absent for City.

pMATCH POINT: Massive weekend for Derry as they took top spot in the league at Sligo's expense, leading scorer Elding will be missed by Sligo but they can still come out with a win.

pBETTING: Sligo 11/10, Derry 23/10, draw 9/4

pFORECAST: Sligo win

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk (Tallaght Stadium, 7.0)

pTEAM NEWS: Defenders Ken Oman (pictured) and Conor Powell are still out for Rovers, who also have concerns over former Dundalk man Mark Quigley. Full squad for Dundalk bar Chris Shields.

pMATCH POINT: Big question here is whether Dundalk can make it six wins from six away games this season. They can frustrate the home side enough to claim a draw.

pBETTING: Rovers 4/6, Dundalk 4/1, draw 5/2

pFORECAST: Draw

Shelbourne v Bray Wanderers (Tolka Park, 7.0)

pTEAM NEWS: Shels recall Paul Crowley from suspension but Robert Bayly is still banned. Shane O'Neill and Danny O'Connor are concerns for Bray.

pMATCH POINT: Shels appear to have regained confidence with an unbeaten three-game run here, Shels to get all three points.

pBETTING: Shels 1/1, Bray 13/5, draw 9/4

pFORECAST: Shels win

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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