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Bohemians –v- Athlone Town    7:45

Bohemians take on bottom side Athlone Town at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Keith Buckley, a Robert Maloney o.g and a hat-trick from Dinny Corcoran gave Bohemians an impressive 5-0 away win over Bray Wanderers on June 13th. That win sees the Dublin side sit ninth, two points above the drop zone. They will hope to widen the gap by taking all three points, but face a tough task against a team in equally good form.

Goals from Derek Prendergast, James O’Brien, Sean Brennan, Ian McSweeney and a brace from Philip Gorman gave Athlone Town a 6-0 win over relegation rivals Drogheda United last time out. Though they are still bottom Athlone will feel they are starting to see an upswing in fortune. Another win could bring them closer to the teams above them and closer to survival.

Prediction: Home win

Cork City –v- Limerick    7:45

Title chasing Cork City play host to Limerick at Turner’s Cross.

Goals from Mark O’Sullivan and Gearoid Morrissey gave Cork City an impressive 2-0 away win against Shamrock Rovers last time out. That win lifted Cork to second, three points behind Dundalk and with a game in hand. After their recent shaky form manager John Caulfield will be proud that his side are firmly back in the title race.

Goals from Thomas McManus and Shane Duggan gave Limerick a 2-1 win over UCD prior to the break and cemented their sixth placed position. They face a tough test against Cork but manager Stuart Taylor will feel his side are more than capable of getting a desired result.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Dundalk    7:45

Derry City host league leaders Dundalk at the Brandywell Stadium.

The 2-2 draw with Sligo Rovers on June 13th has left Derry City in seventh position. That draw was Derry’s eighth this season, more than any other side. Manager Peter Hutton will be determined to ensure that his team turn those draws in to wins by being more clinical in front of goal. But with only 14 goals scored, the second worst in the division, he has his work cut out.

The recent 0-0 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic was the desired result from Dundalk, if only in that it kept the gap between the two at six points. Dundalk will now have to keep a firm eye on a resurgent Cork City and keep themselves above them in the table. They best way to do that is by getting all three points here, something Stephen Kenny will no doubt send his side out to do.

Prediction: Away win

Drogheda United –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Two sides with new managers face off as Drogheda United take on Sligo Rovers at Hunky Dory’s Park.

Having conceded an astonishing 25 goals in five games, Drogheda United parted ways with Robbie Horgan. Drogheda will hope a change in management will yield better results starting here, but with confidence at its lowest and with such a leaky defence can caretaker manager Darius Kierans yield immediate results?

Like their opponents Sligo Rovers have also changed managers. Out goes title winning Ian Baraclough and in comes John Coleman. Coleman will be looking for an immediate response from his side and given they are in better form then their opponents, it is not out the realm of possibility that they will get it.

Prediction: Away win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

Title chasing St Patrick’s Athletic, play Bray Wanderers at Richmond Park.

St Patrick’s Athletic will be slightly disappointed that they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Dundalk on June 13th. By failing to secure a win the Dublin side are still six points behind. St Pat’s will look to get a run of wins under their belts in order to put real pressure on the teams above them. Liam Buckley and his side will be determined to see that run of wins start here.

The 5-0 defeat against Bohemians on June 13 was a disastrous result for Bray Wanderers. Currently three points from the relegation zone and struggling for goals the Wicklow side need results and quickly. They face a tough task here and will need to be at their best to get any kind of result they need.

Prediction: Home win

UCD –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Title challengers Shamrock Rovers play relegation threatened UCD at the Tallaght Stadium.

The recent 2-0 defeat against Cork City saw Shamrock Rovers fall nine points behind league leaders Dundalk. Trevor Croly and his side will be looking to bounce back and quickly. The Dublin side have a game in hand that will cut the lead down and will be determined to do so. A win here will regain some momentum they lost last week and put pressure on those above them.

A 2-1 defeat against Limerick has left UCD second from bottom and with Athlone Town’s improved form, UCD need points and quickly. A win here will be extremely difficult but UCD have a knack for upsets and are more than capable for providing one here. They will need to be at their best though and whether that will happen or not is anyone’s guess.

Prediction: Home win

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