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Thursday 21 November 2019

League of Ireland Previews

TODAY'S MATCHES

ST PATRICK'S ATH V LIMERICK

(Richmond Park, 3.15) *Live RTE2

League form: St Patrick's Athletic WDLDW, Limerick LWLDL

Referee: Tomas Connolly (Dublin)

Odds: St Patrick's Athletic 1/3 Limerick 8/1 Draw 7/2

Team news: Limerick have Shane Duggan and Tony Whitehead available again but will probably be without Colm Murphy (hamstring). St Pat's have Killian Brennan and Sean Hoare back from injury and may also be in a position to use Keith Fahey, who picked up a knock against UCD last Friday.

Talking point: So far in this campaign, the defending champions have produced better results than they have performances yet it is too early to suggest their standards have dipped. Limerick manager Stuart Taylor's attempt to deflect the pressure away from his side and on to St Pat's amounts to a cop-out, given that his team have taken just one point from a possible six.

Verdict: Home win

SLIGO ROVERS V DUNDALK

(The Showgrounds, 7.45)

League form: Sligo Rovers LWWWL, Dundalk DWWLW

Referee: David McKeon (Dublin)

Odds: Sligo Rovers 5/6 Dundalk 10/3 Draw 23/10

Team news: The big news in Sligo surrounds Raffaele Cretaro, who underwent surgery to correct a calf problem and who requires a further operation in six weeks' time, effectively ruling him out for four months. John Russell (knee) and Jeff Henderson (hamstring) have recovered from their injuries but Joseph Ndo is a doubt and Gavin Peers (knee) is out. Dundalk are missing Keith Ward (knee), Mark Rossiter (hamstring) and Simon Kelly (suspended).

Talking point: Sligo have not conceded a goal at home from open play in 1,038 minutes and have not lost any of their last 11 matches on their own patch. They did lose last Friday in Bray, however, prompting Ian Baraclough to question their attitude. Tonight's game marks the first of nine that Dundalk are scheduled to play in the next 28 days which will test the depth of Stephen Kenny's squad.

Verdict: Draw

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