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LOI: Bohs Seek Dublin Bragging Rights On Enemy Ground

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Athlone Town –v- UCD    7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town welcome UCD to the Athlone Town Stadium.

The 2-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday was not unexpected, but would have been disheartening to Athlone Town after getting their first point in the previous game. They will consider this game an opportunity and will look to take advantage of their opponents inconsistent form and land that badly needed win.

UCD will be extremely pleased with their 1-1 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic last week. That result lifted them into ninth position and gave them some breathing room over the bottom sides. They will be looking for and expecting win here over a poor side, but need to be prepared and organised or they may leave the game with nothing.

Prediction: Draw

Bray Wanderers –v- Cork City    7:45

Mid table Bray Wanderers play title chasing Cork City at the Carlisle Grounds.

The 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sligo Rovers last week has left Bray Wanderers sitting in sixth place. Bray will be relatively pleased with that position, so far they have managed to avoid a relegation battle and manager Alan Matthews and his side will look to continue that. Leaving this game with at least a draw will be an ideal result for the Wicklow side.

Goals from Garry Buckley and Billy Dennehy gave Cork City a 2-1 away win against Limerick on Tuesday. That win keeps them second in the league and well in contention. Though John Caulfield and his side will be disappointed they are no longer leading the pack, he will be pleased at the turnaround the club has made after last year’s poor campaign.

Prediction: Away win

Derry City –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Seventh take on eighth here as Derry City host Drogheda United at the Brandywell.

With no wins in their last five games, Derry City will be determined to put three points on the board here. They have home advantage against an out of form side with a new manager at the helm. Club legend Peter Hutton and his players will be looking for a quick turnaround in fortunes starting with a victory here.

A 7-0 thrashing was the result of Drogheda United’s game away to Dundalk in the Louth Derby on Tuesday. Drogheda will look to bounce back immediately in hope that they can avoid a huge downturn in form. Fail to get a result here and Tuesday’s defeat could be hanging over their heads for a very long time.

Prediction: Home win

Dundalk –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

The two in form team’s face off here as Dundalk play host to Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park.

Goals from Sean Gannon, Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle, Richie Towell, a Paul Crowley o.g and a brace from David McMillan gave Dundalk an emphatic 7-0 win over local rivals Drogheda United on Tuesday. That was Dundalk’s fourth win in five games and has lifted them to top spot. They face tough opposition here against an equally in form Sligo Rovers but these are the games you must win if you want to be called champions at the end of the season.

Goals from Daniel Ledwith and Danny North gave Sligo Rovers a 2-0 away win over Athlone Town on Tuesday. That win was their fifth win in six games and has pushed them closer to the title challengers. A win here will see them five points behind Dundalk and back into contention, lose and they fall 11 points behind and may not come close to challenging for the league.

Prediction: Home win

Limerick –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:45

Relegation battling Limerick play host to title chasing St Patrick’s Athletic at Thomond Park.

A 2-1 home defeat to Cork City has left Limerick in the relegation zone. The face an equally tough task against a title chasing side and will need to make their home advantage count. Limerick have a good track record against the top sides in the league and will hope to add to that here by getting at least a draw.

The 1-1 draw with UCD last week would have been a disappointment to St Patrick’s Athletic. That draw sees them drop to fourth, three points behind the leaders. Liam Buckley will be looking for consistency in his players when they play sides in the bottom half of the table. If they keep dropping points against these teams then they have no chance of retaining the league title.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Bohemians    8:00

A Dublin Derby here as Shamrock Rovers face Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

A solitary Eamon Zayed goal was enough to give Shamrock Rovers a 1-0 win over Athlone Town last week. That win lifts Rovers to third, still well in contention for the league title. Though form usually goes out the window in a derby, Shamrock rovers will feel they have enough to defeat Bohemians and claim all three points.

The 1-0 defeat against Drogheda United last week did Bohemians no favours. Still under the threat of relegation Bohs will be hoping to gain the upper hand of their Dublin rivals and land what has to be considered an upset. Lose here and they may find themselves stuck in a relegation battle that most definitely wish to avoid, so a draw will be the minimum aim.

Prediction: Home win

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