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Athlone Town –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Two out of form teams face off as Athlone Town play Drogheda United at the Athlone Town Stadium.

Despite seeing an upswing in form that got them four points Athlone Town suffered a setback in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cork City on May 30th. Athlone will see this as a chance to get some more points on the board. A home game, against a woefully out of form side who are leaking goals. Athlone will be bitterly disappointed if they don’t get at least a draw.

The 6-0 hammering against St Patrick’s Athletic was another defeat for Drogheda United, their fourth in a row. In those four games they have conceded 19 goals. Drogheda need a win and badly. They have a good chance here against and equally out of form side, but if the Louth side cannot sort their defence out they will not get the three points they need.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Bohemians    7:45

Seventh placed Bray Wanderers play relegation battling Bohemians at the Carlisle Grounds.

Bray will be disappointed with the 0-0 on May 30th with UCD. The Wicklow side will have felt they had enough to get all three points but instead missed out in rising to sixth place. Alan Matthews and his side will be confident they can land all three points here. Lose and the gap between them and the relegation zone becomes much shorter.

The 2-0 defeat against Dundalk on June 1st would have been expected for Bohemians but they have a much better chance of getting all three points here. Win and they could potentially rise as high a seventh. Lose and they will find getting out of the relegation zone that much harder.

Prediction: Home win

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

First take on third here as Dundalk play host to St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park.

Goals from Daryl Horgan and Richie Towell gave Dundalk a 2-0 away against Bohemians on May 30th. That win cemented Dundalk’s place on top. Now five points clear, six ahead of their opponents, the Louth side could stretch it to nine and make it extremely difficult to be caught.

A goal from Christy Fagan, a brace from Chris Forrester and a hat-trick from Conan Byrne gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 6-0 win over Drogheda United last time out. That win put the Dublin side third, six points behind their opponents. This is a must win game for Liam Buckley’s reigning champions.

Prediction: Draw

Limerick –v- UCD    7:45

Sixth placed Limerick take on tenth placed UCD at Thomond Park.

Goals from Daniel Galbraith, Thomas McManus, Shane Duggan and Shane Tracy gave Limerick an emphatic 4-1 away win against Drogheda United on May 30th. That win cemented sixth place. Limerick will be looking for another three points against an inconsistent UCD and in this form they are more than capable of getting it.

UCD will be disappointed but unsurprised in the 5-2 defeat against Dundalk on June 2nd. The Students will be determined to land all three points here but face a tough task against in form opposition. But UCD are known for winning when unexpected and manager Aaron Callaghan and his side will be looking to show just why here.

Prediction: Home win

Sligo Rovers –v- Derry City    7:45

A mid-table clash here as Sligo Rovers play Derry City at The Showgrounds.

Having not played since the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers on June 1st , Sligo Rovers will be looking to regain the form they lost in recent weeks. A number of defeats to teams above them have ended their title ambitions at least for now. A European place is still in their grasp, but only if they start winning, starting with this game.

Like their opponents Derry City have not played since the 5-2 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic on May 30th. Derry have never really mounted a title challenge this year and so their main goal now is to get the highest position in the table as they can and stay there. A defeat here will do them no good and the Candystripes will be determined to avoid one.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Cork City    8:00

Second take on fourth here as Shamrock Rovers play Cork City at Tallaght Stadium.

An own goal from Alan Keane gave Shamrock Rovers the all-important three points against Sligo Rovers in their last outing on June 1st. The Dublin side will be looking to move as high as second here by getting another three points. Lose and they could not only find themselves five points behind Cork but ten points behind Dundalk. Trevor Croly can ill afford to lose this game.

A solitary Mark O’Sullivan goal gave Cork City a 1-0 win over Athlone Town on May 30th. That victory put them second, five points behind Dundalk. In order to keep up the pressure on the Louth side a win is needed here. John Caulfield and his side will be looking to tap into their early season form and get the win they badly need.

Prediction: Draw

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