Sunday 21 January 2018

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Derry City have to plan without Aaron Barry, who is suspended
Derry City have to plan without Aaron Barry, who is suspended

Garry Doyle

Bray Wanderers v Derry City

Carlisle Grounds(5.45)

League form: Bray Wanderers DLLWW, Derry City DLLDL

Match odds: Bray Wanderers 5/2, Derry City 11/10, Draw 9/4

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)

Team news: Derry City have to plan without Aaron Barry, who is suspended, while Mick Cooke has to sit out his first game in charge because of a ban held over from his time in charge of Athlone.

Talking point: The debate rages on as to whether Bray or Derry are the club in bigger crisis - Bray because of the loss of a second manager of the season, Derry because of the loss of six games from their last nine (the other three were drawn). Regarded as a big club, Derry are proving this season to be anything but. Currently heading for the play-offs, and possibly worse, a first ever relegation is possible. As if today's game wasn't a big enough issue, Bray also have an EGM to deal with, with the board facing a takeover challenge.

Verdict: Draw

Limerick v Galway United

Markets Field(6.30)

League form: Limerick LLLLL, Galway United LWLDL

Match odds: Limerick 3/1, Galway United 5/6, Draw 13/5

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

Team news: Limerick have Sean Harding suspended but Sam Oji passed a fitness test and will be available to face his former club. Galway United's only absentee is Andy O'Connell (foot).

Talking point: Without a win all season and on a run of seven straight league defeats, Limerick are clinging onto the hope that at some point they will register a win and their season may turn. Perhaps it will, yet the reality is that the only reason they still have half a chance of survival is because the standard in the bottom half of this season's Premier Division is appalling. Galway have not won a league game since the mid-season break but remain 14 points clear of Limerick and look capable of surviving at their ease.

Verdict: Draw

Sligo Rovers v Longford Town

The Showgrounds(7.45)

League form: Sligo Rovers DLLLD, Longford Town WWLLW

Match odds: Sligo Rovers 23/20, Longford Town 23/10, Draw 23/10

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team news: Sligo have to contend with injuries to Jeff Henderson (foot), Stephen Folan (hamstring), John Russell (hip) and Ruairi Keating (hamstring). Furthermore, Steven Beattie left the club earlier this week to join Cork City.

Talking point: With a new management team in place, Sligo are hoping for a bounce from the Ndo-Dykes combination. Certainly they need something to kickstart their mediocre campaign. "People are trying to define our season by this Longford game but after it, we have 14 more games so it is not logical. Every game is important so Longford is not a must-win. We just have to think about performing," said Ndo. Longford, meanwhile, crave consistency having failed to get that this year.

Verdict: Draw

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