Airtricity League – Table Toppers Drogheda Take On Bohs

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Athlone Town –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Newly promoted Athlone Town play host to title hopefuls Shamrock Rovers, at the Athlone Town Stadium.

A very late goal by Sligo Rovers prevented Athlone Town from securing their first points of the season last week. The newly promoted side will be looking to use their home field advantage and get the win they need. Mick Cooke and his side know how important home form is to a side and will be looking to turn Athlone Town Stadium into a fortress.

Last season’s draw specialists started off this year with a draw, Ciaran Kilduff getting a 90 minute equaliser against Derry City. Trevor Croly will be determined to turn these draws into wins and will be expecting all three points here. They face difficult opposition against a newly promoted side playing their first home game of the season, but winning games is never easy.

Prediction: Draw

Bohemian FC –v- Drogheda United    7:45

The two teams with the strongest opening wins face each other as Bohemians take on Drogheda United at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Patrick Kavanagh, Daniel Corcoran and veteran striker Jason Byrne gave Bohemians an impressive 3-0 away win over UCD last week. A strong start is just what Bohs needed and starting off their home campaign just as strongly can only be beneficial. They face a tough task but Owen Heary and his side can only enter this game full of confidence.

Starting off a league season with a derby could have been a tricky prospect for Drogheda United. But thanks to goals from Eric Foley, Gavin Brennan and brace from Declan O’Brien, the Louth side registered an impressive 4-1 win over Dundalk. It’s now all about how they follow up on that win but they are more than capable of going to Dublin and coming back with all three points.

Prediction: Away win

Bray Wanderers –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Bray Wanderers, still looking for their first win, take on Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds.

A 0-0 away draw was a decent start to the season for Bray Wanderers last week. They will be looking for their first win of the campaign but face difficult opposition this week in the form of title hopefuls Sligo Rovers. Alan Matthews and his players will need to be on form if they want to walk away from this game with any points in the bag.

Though not the most impressive result Sligo Rovers have had in recent years, a 2-1 win over Athlone Town last week was a good start for Ian Baraclough and his men and something build on. They will be looking to add another three points here and given their opponents are a potentially relegation battling side, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they will achieve it.

Prediction: Away win

Dundalk –v- Limerick    7:45

After the heavy defeat against Drogheda United last week, Sligo Rovers look to register their first win of the season as they take on Limerick at Oriel Park.

A 4-1 defeat was not what was expected by last season’s runners up in their opening game. Dundalk will look to bounce back quickly by taking all three points here coupled with a strong performance. Stephen Kenny and his side know that it’s extremely early days and not to get too disheartened with last week’s result, but they also know the importance of getting their first home win.

A 0-0 draw albeit at home was not the worst start for Limerick. While not the strong start of last year, it’s a good start nonetheless. The Lims face a tough task here and have to be at full concentration to get anything out of this game. Stuart Taylor and his players have played the underdog before and won. There is no reason why it can’t happen here.

Prediction: Home win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- UCD    7:45

League champions St Patrick’s Athletic look to get their first win of the season, as they take on UCD at Richmond Park.

The 1-1 draw with Cork city last week was a disappointing start for St Patrick’s Athletic who were looking to start their season off with a bang. They get a second bite of the apple here and will be determined to register three points. Liam Buckley and his side know the importance of home form in a title winning season and will want to make Richmond Park a fortress if they are to have any chance of retaining their title.

Notoriously slow starters UCD started slow again last week, losing 3-0 at home against Bohemians. They face an extremely tough task to get any points out of this game, but are no doubt determined to try. Manager Aaron Callaghan will need to be at his best to ensure his players don’t succumb to bad early season form that they may struggle to overcome.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Cork City    3:15

North takes on south here as Derry City host Cork City at the Brandywell Stadium.

An away 1-1 draw against Shamrock Rovers was a decent start to the season for Derry City. They enter their first home game looking for nothing but a win. New manager Roddy Collins has his team organised and motivated and fully intending to be title challengers. Cork will be tough opposition, but playing at home might just give Derry the edge.

New Cork City manager John Caulfield will be extremely impressed with his side’s performance against champions St Patrick’s Athletic last week. The 1-1 draw was a good start and something the build on. Caulfield will be looking for another resilient performance here and hopefully the result that goes with it.

Prediction: Home win

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