Tuesday 17 September 2019

FAI Cup Round 1: Who's playing, what time are kick-offs and who's predicted to go through?

Dundalk celebrate winning the FAI Cup last year
Dundalk celebrate winning the FAI Cup last year

Aidan Fitzmaurice

The first round of the FAI Cup kicks off tonight. Holders Dundalk will have to wait to start their defence after playing in Europe this week but here's all you need to know about the eight ties up for decision.

Cobh Wanderers v Limerick (St Coleman's Park, 7.00)

The Blues travel to Cobh on the back of four straight losses. Cobh have a sprinkling of League of Ireland talent and can cause an upset.

Odds: Cobh 13/2, Limerick 3/10, Draw 15/4

Verdict: Draw (Cobh to win aet)

Bohemians v Shelbourne (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

Shels will laugh off jibes about being the Bohs 'B' team (six players and boss Ian Morris are all ex-Bohs). Both have been off-colour lately and Bohs will need a vast improvement.

Odds: Bohs 4/9, Shels 6/1, Draw 14/5

Verdict: Home win

Cabinteely v Cork City (Stradbrook, 7.45)

Unbeaten in nine and with 'keeper Stephen McGuinness in a run of clean sheets, Cabo can advance.

Odds: Cabinteely 15/4, Cork 8/13, Draw 13/5

Verdict: Home win

Derry City v Wexford (Brandywell, 7.45)

Derry needed extra-time to win on Monday, but Wexford have leaked 10 goals in the last two games.

Odds: Derry 1/10, Wexford 14/1, Draw 6/1

Verdict: Home win

Drogheda Utd v Avondale (United Park, 7.45)

Drogheda have found their form lately, while Avondale will miss the services of Mark O'Sullivan.

Odds: Drogheda 2/9, Avondale 10/1, Draw 4/1

Verdict: Home win

St Pat's Athletic v Bray Wanderers (Richmond Park, 7.45)

Bray fans are hoping for a cup run as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their last win.

Odds: Pat's 1/4, Bray 9/1, Draw 15/4

Verdict: Draw (Pat's to win aet)

Glebe North v Sligo Rovers (Market Green, 7.45)

With home advantage, Glebe will ask questions of Sligo.

Odds: Glebe N 14/1, Sligo 1/10, Draw 11/2

Verdict: Draw (Sligo to win aet)

Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps (Tallaght Stadium, 8.00)

Three losses and no goals scored for Harps in three league meetings with Rovers this season but Harps have been much stronger of late.

Odds: Rvs 1/12, Harps 13/1, Draw 8/1

Verdict: Home win

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