Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bohs v Shamrock Rovers

(Dalymount Park, RTE2, 7.05)

League form: Bohemians LWWWW, Shamrock Rovers DLWLW

Match odds: Bohemians 2/1, Shamrock Rovers 5/4, Draw 11/5

Referee: D Hancock (Dublin)

Team News: Michael O'Neill makes the trip across the Liffey without Chris Turner and Pat Sullivan who are suspended, while Karl Sheppard (knee), Ken Oman (ankle) and Stephen O'Donnell (hamstring) are out. Gary McCabe is a doubt. Bohs could be without Anto Flood and Stephen Traynor.

Talking Point: How much is Europe taking out of Shamrock Rovers? The Hoops have had four tough games, while Bohs had last week off -- albeit with several players on trial in Britain or involved in the Super Cup. They will be confident of a first derby win of the campaign.

Verdict: Home win

Bray Wndrs v Drogheda Utd

(Carlisle Grounds, 7.45)

League form: Bray LLLWL, Drogheda LLLLW

Match odds: Bray 4/6, Drogheda 7/2, Draw 5/2

Referee: R Rogers (Dublin)

Team News: Gary Shaw and Stephen Brennan are back after long lay-offs for Bray, who are without the suspended Derek Prendergast, Chris Shields and Shane O'Neill. Darren Quigley remains out. Jack Flynn and Colm O'Brien miss out for Drogheda with injury, Brian Gannon is banned.

Talking Point: Bray were on the slide before the break as Drogheda began to improve, beating Galway deservedly win after their near misses against Sligo and Shamrock Rovers. Bray will be refreshed and should keep the Louthmen at arm's length.

Verdict: Home win.

Galway Utd v Derry City

(Terryland Park, 7.45)

League form: Galway LLLLL, Derry DWWWD

Match odds: Galway 14/1, Derry 1/9, Draw 5/2

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team News: Gareth McGlynn is out with a knee injury, while Daniel Lafferty returns from suspension for the Candystripes. Long-term injury victims Johnny Keane and Sean Kelly continue to recover from knee injuries for Galway, while South Korean centre-half Yob Son is suspended.

Talking Point: How long more can Sean Connor go on with this Galway squad? The fans running the club turned against him after they equalled the record for successive defeats before the break and they will become holders of that unenviable record tonight unless something drastic happens.

Verdict: Away win.

Irish Independent

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