Monday 20 November 2017

UCD v Sligo Rovers

WEEKEND previews

(UCD Bowl, tonight 7.45)

League form: UCD WLLDL, Sligo WWDDL

Match odds: UCD 11/2, Sligo 1/2, Draw 11/4

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

Team news: The hosts have doubts over Robbie Creevy (back) and Ciaran Nangle (shins), while Paul Cook will be without the suspended John Russell. Danny Ventre and Alan Keane come into contention for the right-back spot after their returns from suspension and injury respectively.

Talking point: Sligo lost 2-1 at home to Bohemians in April and followed it up with the same scoreline at Belfield. Cook will be praying that history won't repeat itself this evening after his side's title chances took a blow at the Showgrounds last weekend. They have been warned and should improve.

Verdict: Away win

Galway Utd v Shamrock Rvs

(Terryland Park, tomorrow, 6.30)

League form: Galway LLLLL, Shamrock Rovers WLWWW

Match odds: Galway 25/1, Shamrock Rovers 1/12, Draw 15/2

Referee: A Kelly (Cork)

Team news: Conor McCormack (knee) is a doubt for Rovers, while Pat Flynn is suspended. Michael O'Neill will reshuffle his pack with Thursday's Europa League qualifier second leg against Partizan Belgrade in mind. Karl Moore could start against his former club. Galway are without the banned Lawrence Gaughan.

Talking point: Can Rovers continue their positive habit of rebounding from European action with a victory? Certainly, they have the ideal opponent here in terms of keeping in good condition ahead of the trip to Serbia.

Verdict: Away win

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