Wednesday 23 May 2018

League of Ireland Previews

Bohemians v Drogheda Utd

(Dalymount Park, 7.45)

League form: Bohemians: W, Drogheda United: L

Referee: R Winter (Wicklow)

Team news: Goalkeeper Robert Duggan has left Drogheda to work in England; David Quirke will deputise. Barry Murphy is back for Bohs, who have doubts over Ger O'Brien (hamstring), while Liam Burns is unlikely to be fit in time and Robert Bayly and assistant manager Liam O'Brien are suspended.

Talking point: Bohs showed admirable fighting qualities last weekend and they are lucky to have two of the league's weaker sides to get them up and running.

Verdict: Bohemians

Dundalk v Galway Utd

Oriel Park, 7.45

League form: Dundalk: L, Galway United: L

Referee: P Tuite (Dublin)

Team News: Lilywhites goalkeeper Peter Cherrie is suspended and will be replaced by Paul Murphy, but otherwise Ian Foster's side have a clean bill of health. Alan Murphy returns for the Tribesmen after missing all of the 2010 season,

Talking Point: Galway's difficult winter means their hastily assembled squad will take some time to adapt. A 3-0 defeat at home to St Pat's last weekend was a poor start and tonight it could be a question of how many for Dundalk.

Verdict: Dundalk

St Pat's Ath v Bray Wdrs

Richmond Park, 7.45

League form: St Pat's: W, Bray: L

Referee: A Buttimer (Cork)

Team news: Bray are without Stephen Brennan (calf), while star forward Jake Kelly (infection) and Gary Shaw (ankle) are doubts. Pete Mahon welcomes Danny North and Stephen Bradley back from suspension, but Paul Crowley is still banned.

Talking Point: The Seagulls have a dismal record in Inchicore, having failed to win in their last 11 visits in a run dating back to 2002. They have failed to score in their last four trips and have only managed one goal against Pat's in their last seven clashes.

Verdict: St Patrick's Athletic

UCD v Derry City

Belfield Bowl, 7.45

League form: UCD W, Derry City L

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

Team news: UCD's Rob Benson got a game in the Leinster Senior Cup on Monday, but is still short of fitness. Derry have doubts over Ruaidhri Higgins (thigh), James McLean (hip) and Kevin Deery (calf).

Talking Point: Stephen Kenny's Candystripes tested Sligo Rovers to the limit last Friday night and with the Students -- who won 1-0 at Drogheda last week -- weakened, the visitors will see tonight's clash as an ideal opportunity to open their Premier Division account.

Verdict: Derry City

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