Thursday 22 February 2018

Bohemians v St Pat's ath

(Dalymount Park, 7.45)

League form: Bohemians WWWWL, St Pat's Ath DWWDW

Match odds: Bohemians 9/5, St Pat's Ath 7/5, Draw 9/4.

Referee: R Winter (Wicklow)

Team news: Bohemians will be hoping that Owen Heary's hamstring has healed enough for him to take the field after the captain was sorely missed in Monday's defeat to UCD. St Pat's are expected to be without Dave Mulcahy (hamstring), but David and Evan McMillan are back in contention.

Talking point: Bohs' title ambitions fell off a cliff on Monday night in Belfield and they can do similar damage to the Saints this evening. Pete Mahon's men won here last time out and can go level at the top with a win. Pat Fenlon's side may have their eye on next week's cup semi-final.

Verdict: Away win.

Derry City v Bray Wdrs

(Brandywell, 7.45)

League form: Derry WWDWD, Bray LLLWL

Match odds: Derry 2/9, Bray 11/1, Draw 9/2.

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin)

Team news: The Candystripes are without banned duo Shane McEleney and Barry Molloy, but welcome Danny Lafferty back from suspension. Shane O'Connor is suspended for Bray after his red card in Tallaght on Sunday, while Chris Shields faces a late fitness test to prove he can play.

Talking point: Derry got their hands on some silverware with their EA Sports Cup success over Cork City last weekend and, although many believe the title race is between the two Rovers, Stephen Kenny is hoping to have a say. A win tonight is a must against a Bray side meandering towards season's end.

Verdict: Home win.

UCD v Dundalk

(UCD Bowl, 7.45)

League form: UCD WLWLW, Dundalk DLDLL

Match odds: UCD 11/4, Dundalk 10/11, Draw 12/5.

Referee: P McLoughlin (Dublin)

Team news: Sean Harding (groin), Ciaran Nangle (shins), Sean Russell (ribs), Cillian Morison (hip) and Robbie Benson (ankle) are all out for UCD, while goalkeeper Ger Barron is doubtful again with a foot injury. Mark Quigley and Dean Bennett are suspended for the Lilywhites, while Stephen Maher, Eoghan Osborne and Colin Hawkins are out injured.

Talking point: Two sides just playing out their season meet in Belfield, but UCD will be buoyed by Monday night's win over Bohemians. Dundalk haven't won in eight league games and the students will fancy putting back-to-back wins together for the first time this season.

Verdict: Home win.

Irish Independent

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