Tuesday 24 April 2018

League of Ireland Previews

Bohemians v Dundalk

(Dalymount Park, 7.45)

League form: Bohemians DWLDW, Dundalk DWDDW

Match odds: Bohemians 1/1, Dundalk 23/10, Draw 11/5

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team news: This game may come too soon for Bohs' Ollie Cahill, with Chris Fagan, Glenn Cronin and Barry Murphy all still absent. Dundalk's Dean Bennett and Greg Bolger played an 'A' Championship game on Saturday so they are close, while Stephen McDonnell, Mark Quigley, Shane Guthrie and Colin Hawkins are all carrying knocks.

Talking point: An interesting clash between an experienced Bohemians rearguard and a talented Dundalk attacking force. Visiting striker Quigley will attempt to show Bohs fans what they didn't quite see last year.

Verdict: Draw

St Pat's Ath v Shamrock Rvs

(Richmond Park, 8.05, Live Setanta Irl)

League form: St Pat's DDWWW, Shamrock Rovers DWWDW

Match odds: St Pat's 15/8, Shamrock Rovers 13/10, Draw 21/10

Referee: D Hancock (Dublin)

Team news: Key Saints defender Conor Kenna will see a specialist this week about his long-term knee problem. Dave Mulcahy, James O'Brien and Shane McFaul remain out. The Hoops are without the suspended Ken Oman. Craig Sives and Gary Twigg are on the comeback trail, but Stephen O'Donnell is a couple of weeks away.

Talking point: Similar theme with Rovers every week. Can they be stopped? They've a good recent record against the Saints and won the Tallaght encounter comfortably. After three straight wins, the level of Saints improvement will be tested.

Verdict: Away win

UCD v Galway United

(Belfield Bowl, 7.45)

League form: UCD DLWWL, Galway United LLLLL

Match odds: UCD 8/11, Galway United 10/3, Draw 9/4

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

Team news: The students are without the suspended Ciaran Nangle, while Mick Leahy, Mark Langtry, Robbie Benson and Cillian Morrison all miss out as well. There are no new major injury concerns in Galway's threadbare squad, with Gary Curran and Joseph Yoffe long-term absentees. Enda Curran and Mikey Gilmore are slight doubts.

Talking point: Can Galway avoid a sixth consecutive defeat? It depends on how UCD respond to a seven-goal humbling in Derry on Friday night. The fall-out from that encounter may determine the final outcome here.

Verdict: Draw

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