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LOI: Chasing Pack Seek To Knock The Saints Off Top

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Cork City –v- Derry City 7:45

Title chasing Cork City host Derry City at Turner’s Cross.

The 3-2 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic last week was a big disappointment for Cork City. By no means out of the title race, Cork are now chasing rather than leading. With six points dropped in their last two games and against title rivals, Cork will need a win here to gain back some of the momentum they lost. Lose and they many find themselves slipping down the table.

After the abrupt departure of Roddy Collins this week, Derry City were quick to replace him with club legend Peter Hutton. Hutton will be hoping that the renewed enthusiasm around the club will translate to results on the pitch. Derry face difficult opposition and will need every advantage they can get to attain the win they need.

Prediction: Draw

Drogheda United –v- Bohemian FC 7:45

Drogheda United play host to Bohemians at Hunky Dorys Park.

Having not played since the 2-1 defeat at the hands of UCD on May 2nd , Drogheda United enter this game fresh and determined. Currently sitting in ninth position, Drogheda will look to put a few results together and move themselves up the table. A win here would be the perfect start, but a defeat could drag them into a relegation battle they don’t want to be in.

The 0-0 draw with UCD last week sees Bohemians sitting in eighth position, one point above the relegation zone. The Dublin side will look to move themselves away from there as quickly as possible and what better way to do that than with a win. They face a challenging task but one they are more than capable of fulfilling.

Prediction: Draw

Limerick –v- Dundalk 7:45

Limerick play host to title chasing Dundalk at Thomond Park.

Disappointed with their 1-0 defeat against Bray Wanderers last week, Limerick will be hoping for a quick turnaround. Unfortunately they face an in form side capable of scoring plenty of goals. Limerick will need to be at their defensive best if they are to get any kind of result. Fail and they will slip further into a relegation dogfight.

Having not played since their impressive 4-0 win over Cork City on May 2nd , Dundalk enter this game looking to keep up the momentum they have been building. Sitting in third, two points off the top and with a game in hand Dundalk will not allow themselves to miss a chance to go top and a win here is how they do it.

Prediction: Away win

UCD –v- St Patrick’s Athletic 7:45

Relegation battling UCD host league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic at the UCD Bowl.

The 0-0 draw with Bohemians last week has left UCD in tenth position, one point off the relegation zone. They face a tough ask against an in form side and will need to be at their very best if they are to get any kind of result. The students do tend to thrive in an underdog situation and may just have enough to get the result they need.

A goal from Kenny Browne and a brace from Conan Byrne gave St Patrick’s Athletic an impressive 3-2 win over Cork City last week. That win sees St Pat’s top, at least for the time being. Liam Buckley will have informed his side that’s its early days and there is a long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead if they are to retain their league title.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Athlone Town 7:00

Title chasing Shamrock Rovers play relegation threatened Athlone Town at Tallaght Stadium.

A solitary Gary McCabe goal was enough to give Shamrock Rovers all three points against Derry City last week. That win moved Rovers to second, one point behind the leaders. Manager Trevor Croly will be pleased with his sides form as well as their avoidance of drawing to many games, a problem that plagued them constantly last season.

After getting their first points on the board in a 0-0 draw with Bray Wanderers on May 2nd, Athlone Town will be hoping that the two week gap between fixtures hasn’t stifled their momentum. They face an uphill task here but manager Keith Long will be hoping that the elation from their first point will carry them through this game.

Prediction: Home win

Sligo Rovers –v- Bray Wanderers 7:45

Fifth take on sixth here as Sligo Rovers play Bray Wanderers at Showgrounds.

The 2-2 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic has left Sligo Rovers in sixth position, ten points off top spot. If Sligo are to challenge for the league then they cannot afford to slip up here. Ian Baraclough and his side have managed an impressive turnaround after their poor start. But only time will tell if they can mount a real challenge for the league.

The 0-0 draw with UCD last week kept Bray Wanderers in fifth position. The Wicklow side will be pleased with their progress so far this year and manager Alan Matthews will be determined to ensure it continues. They have a chance here to put some breathing space between the teams directly below them and will have to be at their best if they are to manage it.

Prediction: Home win

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