Saturday 20 January 2018

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Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor


Carlisle Grounds, 7.45

League form: Bray LLLWW, Dundalk LLWDW

Odds: Bray 11/5, Dundalk 11/10, Draw 12/5

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)

Team news: Danny O'Connor is Bray's only injury doubt and he will be given right up to kick-off to prove his fitness. Keith Ward (knee) remains out for Dundalk.

Talking point: Bray must beat the Lilywhites and hope results elsewhere go their way to avoid the promotion/relegation play-off. They have found form from somewhere, and beating Bohs and Limerick has given them a real chance of survival, but Dundalk have prize-money to play for and may prove too strong.

Verdict: Away win.

Cork City v St Patrick's Ath

Turner's Cross, 7.45

League form: Cork WWDWL, St Pat's WWWWD

Odds: Cork 15/8, St Pat's 5/4, Draw 12/5

Referee: A Kelly (Cork)

Team news: John Dunleavy (ankle) and Brian Lenihan (knee) miss out for Cork City, while Garry Buckley is suspended. St Pat's remain without Stephen Maher (broken leg), while Ian Bermingham and Ger O'Brien are in line to complete the season having started every game.

Talking point: The Saints' job is done and they are playing for as high a points tally as possible. Cork are looking over their shoulders at Limerick – sixth place could still have Setanta Cup implications.

Verdict: Home win

Derry City v Limerick

Brandywell Stadium, 7.45

League form: Derry LLWDD, Limerick WWWLW

Odds: Derry 8/15, Limerick 5/1, Draw 11/4

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

Team news: Ruaidhri Higgins, Kevin Deery, Sean Houston, Stewart Greacen and Thomas Crawley are out for Derry City. Paddy Kavanagh, Michael Duffy and Shane McEleney are doubts. Limerick are without Shane Tracy and Stephen McGann, while Patrick Nzuzi is suspended

Talking point: Derry lead Shamrock Rovers by a point and can potentially book a Europa League place with a positive result. They'll need Sligo to win the cup to make sure of it.

Verdict: Home win

Drogheda v Bohemians

Hunky Dorys Park, 7.45

League form: Drogheda LLDDL, Bohs WWLDL

Odds: Drogheda 17/10, Bohs 6/4, Draw 11/5

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin)

Team news: Drogheda have doubts over the fitness of Derek Prendergast, Paul O'Conor and David Cassidy. Anto Murphy (ulcer) and Dave Mulcahy (ankle) are hoping to return for Bohs after missing the defeat to Bray Wanderers.

Talking point: Bohs need a point to ensure their safety and are hoping that Drogheda's eyes are firmly on the cup final. Owen Heary's men looked so close to safety until slipping up at home to Bray and they should be switched on in Louth.

Verdict: Draw

Shamrock Rvs v Sligo Rvs

Tallaght Stadium, 7.45

League form: Shamrock Rovers LWWDW, Sligo WWDLW

Odds: Shamrock Rovers 7/5, Sligo 9/5, Draw 11/5

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team news: Karl Sheppard and Pat Sullivan are suspended for Shamrock Rovers and Danny Ledwith is ruled out with a hamstring injury. Joseph Ndo (knee) misses out for Sligo, while Aaron Greene is suspended.

Talking point: Few could have predicted that neither side would be competing for league honours by the time this fixture rolled around. Both sides will be looking to move up a place, but they are reliant on results elsewhere.

Verdict: Draw

Shelbourne v UCD

Tolka Park, 7.45

League form: Shels LDLLL, UCD LLLDL

Odds: Shels 2/1, UCD 5/4, Draw 9/4

Referee: P Tuite (Dublin)

Team news: Glenn Cronin, Brian Shortall, Mark Leech and Jack Memery remain out for Shelbourne, but Paul Crowley could come into contention after a long absence. Hugh Douglas misses out for the Students.

Talking point: Shels are down and UCD will hope to better Bray's result and make sure they won't be joining their fellow Dubliners in Division One. It should be a tense night for the Students, who need to keep an eye on goal difference with just two goals to spare over the Seagulls.

Verdict: Away win

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