Friday 20 April 2018

St Patrick's Athletic v UCD

(Richmond Park, 3.0)

League form: St Pat's WWLDD, UCD LDWLL

Match odds: St Pat's 5/12, UCD 17/2, Draw 19/5

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin)

Team news: Samir Belhout is suspended for the students. Pete Mahon is likely to change things up after St Pat's European exit -- captain Stephen Bradley is a major doubt after taking a heavy knock on Thursday that forced him off, while Danny North is suspended.

Talking point: How much have the events of the past week affected St Pat's? It seems impossible that the acrimony could not affect the team ahead of the visit of UCD and, after a footballing lesson from Karpaty Lviv, the Saints are vulnerable. The students might just not be the team to take advantage.

Verdict: Home win

Dundalk v Sligo Rovers

(Oriel Park, 5.0)

League form: Dundalk WLDWD, Sligo WWWWD

Match odds: Dundalk 9/4, Sligo 6/5, Draw 11/5

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)

Team news: Jason Byrne and Ross Gaynor are back for Dundalk, but Ian Foster is still without Eoghan Osborne (fractured tibia), Stephen McDonnell (knee) and Colin Hawkins (hamstring). Alan Keane is unlikely to feature for the visitors after missing out on Thursday, while Jason McGuinness is suspended.

Talking point: After the disappointment of Thursday night, Sligo go to Louth looking to maintain a nine-game unbeaten league run and keep their title hopes on track. Oriel Park is a real test of their credentials.

Verdict: Draw

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