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tonight's preview

St Patrick's ath v Bohemians

Richmond Park, (7.45pm)

League form: St Patrick's Athletic DWLDW, Bohemians WDLLW

Match odds: St Patrick's Athletic 8/11, Bohemians 4/1, Draw 12/5

Referee: P Sutton (Clare)

Team news: Bohs have to plan without Derek Pender (Achilles), Marc Griffin (cruciate) and Stephen Best (head injury) while Dave Mulcahy, Paddy Kavanagh and Anto Murphy are also doubts. St Pat's, meanwhile, welcome Kenny Browne back from suspension but will be missing Conan Byrne, who has a hamstring injury.

Talking point: After Friday's eye-catching win in Dundalk, Bohemians moved onto 28 points from 15 games, giving them 13 points more than they had gathered at the same stage of last season, further evidence, as if it was needed, that Keith Long is gifted in the managerial game. "Hard work is the foundation for everything we do," said Long. "If we're honest, we've got a chance. The players recognise what they need to do to win football matches."

Verdict: Home win

Irish Independent