Thursday 23 November 2017

League of Ireland previews

Sligo Rovers v Bray Wanderers

The Showgrounds, 3.45. *Live RTE2

League form: Sligo WWLDW, Bray DLWLL.

Match odds: Sligo 1/4, Bray 11/1, Draw 4/1.

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

Team news: Jason McGuinness is a doubt for Sligo, who have new signing Ryan Connolly available, but Seamus Conneely and Jeff Henderson are awaiting international clearance. New signings Kevin O'Connor and Brendan King could feature for Bray, who have doubts over Dave Webster, while Sean Houston is suspended and Pierce Sweeney has left for Reading.

Verdict: Home win


Shamrock Rovers v St Pat's Ath

(Tallaght Stadium, 3.0)

League form: Shamrock Rovers LWDWL,

St Pat's DDLWW.

Match odds: Shamrock Rovers 6/5, St Pat's 11/5, Draw 11/5

Referee: P Tuite (Dublin)

Team news: Stephen O'Donnell is suspended for Rovers, who are without Sean Gannon and Ciaran Kilduff. Pat's European hero Christy Fagan is almost certainly out with a hip flexor injury, while Ger O'Brien (calf), Darren Meenan and John Russell (both thigh) are doubts.

Verdict: Draw

Cork City v Bohemians

(Turner's Cross, 6.0)

League form: Cork WDDDW, Bohemians LWDLW.

Match odds: Cork 10/11, Bohs 3/1, Draw 9/4.

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin)

Team news: Shane O'Connor misses out for Cork, while Neal Horgan and Kevin Murray return. Tadhg Purcell has left the club. Bohs' hectic schedule is catching up on them and they travel without Dinny Corcoran and Dave Mulcahy, while there are doubts over Owen Heary and Luke Byrne.

Verdict: Home win

• CORK CITY have confirmed they will host a Manchester United XI at Turner's Cross on July 25. The Rebels will face the Red Devils a day after welcoming Watford, while they will also play Blackburn Rovers as part of their summer schedule. Tickets for the United game are priced at €15 for adults and €10 for senior Citizens/U-16s.

Irish Independent

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