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Sunday 8 December 2019

Bohemians v Galway United

Dalymount Park

League form: Bohemians DLWWW, Galway United LLLLL

Match odds: Bohemians 1/12, Galway 25/1, Draw 15/2

Referee: A Buttimer (Cork)

Team news: Glenn Cronin, Robert Bayly and Lee Dixon are suspended for the Gypsies, while Chris O'Connor's facial injury keeps him out. Sean Connor is without Johnny Keane and Sean Kelly, who have knee injuries, while Enda Curran remains out with a foot ligament injury.

Talking point: The struggling Tribesmen can expect no sympathy from their hosts tonight as Bohs haven't beaten Galway at home since August 2009. Galway's win at Dalymount this season was the only three points the westerners have picked up so far, so the Gypsies will be dead set on winning their fourth in a row.

Verdict: Home win.

Derry City v Shamrock Rvs

(Brandywell, 7.35, RTE2)

League form: Derry City DWDDW, Shamrock Rovers DWDLW

Match odds: Derry 2/1, Shamrock Rovers 13/10, Draw 11/5

Referee: D Hancock (Dublin)

Team news: Derry will miss the creativity of the suspended Gareth McGlynn, while Eddie McCallion is also banned. Barry Molloy (ankle) Kevin Deery (calf) are both injured. Karl Sheppard remains out of the Hoops squad with an ankle injury, while Conor McCormack is suspended.

Talking point: Few games this season will have as many back stories as this potentially explosive affair. On the pitch there is plenty to play for with Derry just four points back in fourth, while off it the Eamon Zayed affair and the Rovers' fans very public decision not to commission buses for safety reasons have heightened tensions.

Verdict: Home win.

UCD v Bray Wanderers

(UCD Bowl, 7.45)

League form: UCD LLLDW, Bray WLLLL

Match odds: UCD 2/1, Bray 6/5, Draw 12/5

Referee: P Sutton (Clare)

Team news: Bray Wanderers defender Joe Kendrick has signed for Stockport County so Pat Devlin must plan without him for the rest of the season. Darren Quigley (arm), Stephen Brennan (calf), Gary Shaw (foot) and Jake Kelly (hamstring) are all out for the visitors, while UCD have a clean bill of health.

Talking point: If Bray are to arrest their recent slide then it must start here against a UCD side who have been defeating the teams below them in the Premier League table, but struggling against anyone else. The loss of Kendrick will hurt the small squad, but a three-year deal as a full-time professional was too good to turn down for the left-back.

Verdict: Away win.

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