Monday 19 February 2018

League of Ireland previews

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SLIGO ROVERS v ST PATRICK'S ATH

(The Showgrounds, 3.0)

Form guide: Sligo Rovers LDWWL, St Pat's Ath WWWLW

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)

Odds: Sligo 11/10, St Pat's 12/5, Draw 11/5

Team news: Sligo manager Ian Baraclough has to pick between strikers Dave McMillan, Anthony Elding and Danny North. Pascal Millien remains on international duty, while Raffaele Cretaro is injured.

Suspensions force two changes to the Saints line-up, with regulars Killian Brennan and Kenny Browne sitting this one out.

Talking point: How will European commitments affect the outcome? Pat's are trying to bounce back from a crushing loss on Thursday, while Sligo have a big date with Molde on Wednesday.

Verdict: Draw

UCD v DROGHEDA UNITED

(Belfield Bowl, 3.0)

Form guide: UCD WLLLW, Drogheda United LLLLD

Referee: A Buttimer (Cork)

Odds: UCD 23/10, Drogheda 11/10, Draw 23/10

Team news: Martin Russell has two injury problems in his UCD squad, with Tomas Boyle (hamstring) and Barry McCabe (ankle) in trouble.

Mick Cooke welcomes Ryan Brennan into the fold after suspension ruled him out of the Drogs' European defeat to Malmo.

Talking point: After leaving their league form behind to perform credibly against Malmo, Drogheda now have to pick themselves up for a game in low-key surroundings. This will present a serious test for Cooke's side.

Verdict: Home win

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