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Bray Wanderers –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Ninth play tenth as Bray Wanderers take on Drogheda United at the Carlisle Grounds.

The 3-2 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic has left Bray sitting in ninth position, three points off the relegation zone. They will look to take advantage of their opponent’s terrible form and register a win that may lift them as high as sixth. Lose and they may find themselves dragged into a relegation battle they would wish to avoid.

Though they conceded less than what has been the norm Drogheda United still found themselves on the losing side in a 2-1 defeat against Sligo Rovers Last week. The Louth side are still looking for their first win in seven and will look to take advantage of their opponent’s shaky form. Lose and the drop will continue and they may not be able to find a way out of it.

Prediction: Draw

Limerick –v- Bohemians    7:45

Two mid table teams clash here as Limerick host Bohemians at Thomond Park.

The 3-0 defeat at the hands of in-form Cork City last week was unsurprising but still a disappointment for Limerick. They will be looking to bounce back with a win this time around.  Manager Stuart Taylor will feel his side are fully capable of getting the win they need to further cement their sixth placed position.

A 2-2 home draw against bottom side Athlone would have been a disappointing result for Bohemians last week. The Dublin side will be determined to get the points they need to move away from the relegation zone. They face a tough task away to Limerick but manager Owen Heary will feel his side are more than capable of getting a result.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:00

Two title chasing teams face off here as Shamrock Rovers play host to St Patrick’s Athletic at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Ronan Finn and Dean Kelly gave Shamrock Rovers a 2-0 win over UCD last week. That win leaves them fourth, six points off the top, with a game in hand. A win here would bring them that that much closer to the summit and for Trevor Croly and his players that’s all the motivation they need.

A goal from Chris Forrester and a brace from the league’s top scorer Christy Fagan gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 3-2 win over Bray Wanderers last week. That win leaves St Pats four points behind Dundalk. A win here would close the gap to one; a defeat will see them drop into fourth. Something manager Liam Buckley and his side have no intention of letting happen.

Prediction: Draw

Athlone Town –v- Derry City    4:00

Bottom side Athlone Town play Derry City at the Athlone Town Stadium.

Last week’s 2-2 away draw would be considered a good result for Athlone Town. Though they are six points away from the nearest side, they are slowly gaining momentum and points. Manager Keith Long will be reminding his team that there is a long way to go and relegation is anything but certain.

Another week another draw for this season’s draw specialists. Though a 2-2 draw with league leaders Dundalk will be considered in the Derry camp as an excellent result. That result leaves them seventh and in a position to move up to sixth if they can get a win, which no doubt manager Peter Hutton will send out his side to do.

Prediction: Away win

Sligo Rovers –v- Cork City    7:00

Fifth placed Sligo Rovers take on title chasing Cork City at the Showgrounds.

Goals from Danny North and Kieran Djilali gave Sligo Rovers a 2-1 win over Drogheda United last week, ensuring new manager John Coleman’s reign started off with a win. They face a tough task here against an in form side, but with a new manager and confidence on the rise anything is possible.

A goal from Garry Buckley and a brace from Mark O’Sullivan gave Cork City a 3-0 win over Limerick last week. That has left them second, one point off the top with a game in hand. A victory here will see them go top and given the recent form of the leesiders, it is something they are more than capable of getting.

Prediction: Away win

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