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LOI: Under Pressure Collins Seeks Victory Against UCD

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Bray Wanderers –v- Dundalk    7:45

Bray Wanderers play host to title chasing Dundalk at the Carlisle Grounds.

The 2-1 away defeat against Shamrock Rovers on Monday has left Bray Wanderers sitting in ninth position in the league. That defeat will hardly come as a surprise to Bray, but they face no respite here against another title chasing team. Manager Alan Matthews and his players will need every bit of their home advantage if they are to get a result here.

An injury time penalty from Richie Towell gave Dundalk 1-0 win over bottom side Athlone Town on Monday. Dundalk will be looking for another three points here and given their recent impressive form will expect to get it. Stephen Kenny will need to push his players to keep the pressure on Cork City who are top of the league on goal difference.

Prediction: Away win

Cork City –v- Bohemian FC    7:45

League leaders Cork City defend the division’s only unbeaten league record and welcome Bohemians to Turner’s Cross.

A Billy Dennehy goal was enough to give Cork City all three points in a 1-0 win over UCD on Monday. That win keeps Cork City on top of the league and with a game in hand. John Caulfield will be extremely pleased with his team’s form so far this season and will be determined to see them keep it up and not give their rivals a chance to catch them.

Bohemians will be disappointed with their 2-0 home defeat against Sligo Rovers on Monday. They face even tougher opposition here and will have to be on top of their game if they are to get a result. Bohs defence has cost them dearly this season and will need a huge improvement if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- UCD    7:45

Derry City take on relegation threatened UCD at the Brandywell.

Derry City will consider themselves disappointed with the scoreless draw with Limerick on Monday. That draw has somewhat damaged their title chances at least for the moment. They will accept nothing less than all three points here if they wish to keep themselves in the title race. Roddy Collins has had a mixed start to his managerial reign, it’s time to show why he was appointed.

UCD’s 1-0 defeat against Cork City will not have come as much of a surprise. After a bright start to the season the students have struggled for form culminating in that defeat which was their third in a row. Currently in 11th position, on seven points, UCD will be desperate to get a result here. And given their opponents inconsistent form, a result is something they are more than capable of getting.

Prediction: Draw

Drogheda United –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Two teams with title ambitions face off here as Drogheda United take on Shamrock Rovers at Hunky Dorys Park.

The 4-0 defeat on Monday against St Patrick’s Athletic was a big setback for Drogheda United’s title hopes. Robbie Horgan and his side will look to bounce back and quickly having now lost three matches in a row. They face a tough ask against an in form Shamrock Rovers but Drogheda’s home form may just be enough to get them the result that they need.

Goals from Gary McCabe and Sean Heaney were enough to give Shamrock Rovers all three points in a 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers on Monday. That win puts Rovers fourth, three points behind the leaders and well in contention. They will look to take advantage of a rattled Drogheda United side and move themselves closer to topping the league.

Prediction: Away win

Limerick –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Mid table Limerick take on a resurgent Sligo Rovers at Thomond Park.

The 0-0 draw with Derry City on Monday has left Limerick sitting relatively comfortable in eighth position. Limerick will be pleased that thus far they have managed to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. They face a tough ask here against in form opponents, but their home form has always been good and could be enough to get a result.

After a poor start Sligo Rovers have returned to form. With two wins in their last two, Sligo have started to climb the table and are now sixth. With seven goals in their last two games, the bit o’red will be looking get a few more and keep up the momentum and put pressure on those above them.

Prediction: Away win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Athlone Town    7:45

Title chasing St Patrick’s Athletic welcome rock bottom Athlone Town to Richmond Park.

Goals from Lee Lynch, Conan Byrne and a brace from Chris Forrester gave St Patrick’s Athletic an impressive 4-0 away win over Drogheda United on Monday. That win leaves them third, two points off the top and well in contention to retain the league. Pat’s will look for another three points here and given their opponents form they will more than likely get it.

Another game, another defeat for Athlone Town. The 1-0 home defeat against Dundalk was their ninth defeat in nine games this season. It doesn’t get any easier as they face an in form team with the title firmly in their sights. Mick Cooke and his team must wonder when it’s going to end, all they can do is keep plugging away and hope something will fall for them.

Prediction: Home win

In the First Division, leaders Shelbourne will be looking to extend their unbeaten run when they visit third-placed Wexford Youths in what should be the game of the weekend in that division at Ferrycarrig Park.

Waterford United picked up their first win of the season last weekend when they hosted Shamrock Rovers B and they will look to leap-frog Finn Harps who they host at the RSC.

On Saturday first cousins Tony Cousins of Longford Town and Tommy Dunne of Galway FC will go head to head at Citi Calling Stadium. Just a point separates their two sides so the family affair should make for an interesting tussle.

On Sunday Shamrock Rovers B welcome Cobh Ramblers to Tallaght Stadium and the visitors will be looking to bag their first win of the season.

Elsewhere this weekend a number of non-league sides will compete in the FAI Ford Cup First Round bidding to secure a place alongside the SSE Airtricity League clubs at the next stage of the competition. FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup holders Avondale United face local rivals Carrigaline United on Sunday while FAI Junior Cup finalists St Michael’s Tipperary will host St Francis – famous for reaching the FAI Senior Cup Final back in 1990 – also on Sunday.

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