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Bohemians v Sligo Rovers

(Dalymount Park, 7.45)

League form: Bohemians LWLWL, Sligo WWWLW

Match odds: Bohemians 2/1, Sligo 13/10, Draw 11/5

Referee: D Hancock (Dublin)

Team News: Former Bohs star Joseph Ndo misses out with a knee injury for Sligo, while Aidan Price is suspended for the Gypsies. Pat Fenlon, struggling himself with an illness, must do without Ollie Cahill (hamstring), while Ger O'Brien and Mark Rossiter (both hamstring) are doubts.

Talking Point: Both sides need to win, with Bohs in danger of slipping off the back of the peleton and Sligo looking to keep pace with Shamrock Rovers at the top. The last time the sides met, the Bit O' Red should have been out of sight at half-time and they enjoy the wide spaces at Dalymount.

Verdict: Away win

Dundalk v Drogheda Utd

(Oriel Park, 7.45)

League form: Dundalk WWWWL, Drogheda LLLWL

Match odds: Dundalk 2/9, Drogheda 11/1, Draw 9/2

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)

Team News: Dundalk welcome Colin Hawkins back from an illness, while Nathan Murphy could also return. Eoghan Osbourne (tibia), Stephen Maher (groin), Stephen McDonnell (knee) and Jason Byrne (hamstring) remain out, while Michael Hector is suspended. Drogheda will be without the banned Colin O'Brien.

Talking Point: There was a time, not so long ago, when Drogheda were the Louth powerhouse, but the old order has been restored and Dundalk should come out of this one with a victory, regardless of their injury list.

Verdict: Home win

Galway UTd v Bray Wdrs

(Terryland Park, 7.45)

League form: Galway LLLLL, Bray LWDWW

Match odds: Galway 4/1, Bray 7/10, Draw 12/5

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin)

Team News: Galway will be without the suspended Shaun Kelly, while Sean Kelly (knee) and Joseph Yoffe (ankle) will also be missing. Defender Adam Mitchell is a big loss for Bray (one-match ban), while Gary Shaw (foot), Stephen Brennan (calf), Dave Webster (ankle) and Jake Kelly (hamstring) are also missing, while Chris Shields, Daire Doyle and John Mulroy are doubts.

Talking Point: Are Galway so bad that an injury-hit Bray are still expected to stroll to victory at Terryland Park? If Sean Connor's men are to escape the bottom spot, then this is the kind of game they could do with picking up points in.

Verdict: Away win

St Pat's Ath v Derry City

(Richmond Park, 7.45)

League form: St Pat's WDWWW, Derry WWDLW

Match odds: St Pat's Ath 6/4, Derry City 7/4, Draw 11/5

Referee: A Kelly (Cork)

Team News: Saints continue without captain Conor Kenna (knee) and he is joined on the sidelines by Derek Pender (foot). Derek Doyle returns, but James O'Brien is unlikely to be considered. Derry have no injury worries, but James McClean is suspended.

Talking Point: So, was it a speedbump or an iceberg that Derry City hit in Wexford last week? Stephen Kenny's charges seemed to be taking to Premier Division football so well, but the Youths exposed some serious deficiencies in the Candystripes' armoury and they need a result this evening against the flying Saints to bounce back.

Verdict: Home win

UCD v Shamrock Rovers

(UCD Bowl, 7.45)

League form: UCD WLLLL, Shamrock Rovers WDWLW

Match odds: UCD 6/1, Shamrock Rovers 1/2, Draw 11/4

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

Team News: Martin Russell welcomes Robbie Creevy, David O'Connor and Graham Rusk back, but Tomas Boyle remains a doubt with a hamstring problem. Enda Stevens is suspended for the champions and league leaders.

Talking Point: The Students are in a sort of limbo at the moment, marooned as they are in eighth spot. They are clearly better than Galway and Drogheda and are nine points clear of that duo, but 11 points separate the Belfield boys from Bohemians in seventh spot. The Hoops should have no trouble here.

Verdict: Away win

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