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LOI: Clubs Seek To Avoid European Hangover

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Bohemians –v- Cork City    7:45

Bohemians host title chasing Cork City at Dalymount Park.

Having not played since the 1-1 with St Patrick’s Athletic on July 13, Bohemians will be looking to get one over on their in-form opponents. Currently in seventh position, the Dublin side will be relatively pleased with their current form but will look to move up the table to as high as sixth by the weekend’s close.

Goals from Billy Dennehy and Mark O’Sullivan gave Cork City a 2-1 win against UCD last week. That win wasn’t enough to put them top as they sit second in the league on goal difference. The leesiders will be out for another three points in order to put pressure on league leaders Dundalk, anything but a win and significant momentum could be lost.

Prediction: Away win

 

Shamrock Rovers –v- Drogheda United    8:00

Title hopefuls Shamrock Rovers play relegation threatened Drogheda United at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Dean Kelly, Jason McGuinness and Shane Robinson gave Shamrock Rovers a 3-0 away win against Bray Wanderers last week. That win keeps them third and well in contention for the league. The Dublin side will feel confident in their chances of taking all three points here against a side with a leaky defence and one that are woefully out of form.

Having not played since July 11th where they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Cork City, Drogheda United will be looking to put their season back on track with a strong result here. They face a tough ask against an in form side but manager Darius Kierans has had two weeks to work with his players and could not have them more prepared.

Prediction: Home win

Athlone Town –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town take on title chasing St Patrick’s Athletic at the Athlone Town Stadium.

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Dundalk last week has kept Athlone Town rooted to the bottom of the table, seven points from safety. They face a tough task this week, but manager Keith Long will feel they can take advantage of their opponent’s shaky form and European hangover and get the result they need.

Having not played in the league since July 11th, St Patrick’s Athletic head into this game determined to get their season back on track. Currently in fourth, place nine points behind Dundalk, Liam Buckley and his side know that if there is any chance of them retaining their league title, they need a run of wins and quickly. They must quickly forget the Champions League hammering handed down to them by Legia Warsaw.

Prediction: Away win

UCD –v- Derry City    5:00

Struggling UCD take on in form Derry City at the UCD Bowl.

The 2-1 defeat last week against Cork City was disappointing but unsurprising for UCD. They currently sit in 10th position and are out of the relegation zone on goal difference only. Aaron Callaghan and his side will be looking to move up the table as swiftly as possible, but unless they improve their consistency they will continue to struggle.

Having not played in the league since the 5-0 demolition of Bray Wanderers on July 13, Derry City will be determined to ensure that any momentum gained from that result is not lost here. They can’t let their 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Shakhtyor Soligorsk affect their performance. They still have an outside chance of a European place and Peter Hutton and his side will be determined to take it, starting with victory here.

Prediction: Away win

Dundalk –v- Bray Wanderers    7:00

League leaders Dundalk play relegation battling Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park.

Goals from Patrick Hoban and Brian Gartland gave Dundalk a 2-0 win over Athlone Town last week and kept themselves top of the league on goal difference. They face an equally out of form team this week in Bray Wanderers and Stephen Kenny and his side will be determined to land the win that keeps them top of the league. Dundalk will be buoyed by their 2-1 away win against Hadjuk Split in the Europa League although ultimately it wasn’t enough for them to progress.

Having conceded eight goals in their last two games, Bray Wanderers will hoping to keep a clean sheet here. They currently sit in 11th place and will be hopeful that they can put a run of results together to get them out of trouble. A positive result here would be a huge boost in confidence and may give them the impetus to climb out of the relegation zone.

Prediction: Home win

Sligo Rovers –v- Limerick    7:00

A mid-table clash here as Sligo Rovers take on Limerick at the Showgrounds.

Sligo Rovers will be looking to bounce back after their last league game resulted in a 1-0 defeat to UCD. Despite that result Sligo are still well in contention for a European place. Having narrowly lost out to Rosenborg in the Europa League, John Coleman and his players will be hoping for a run of wins that will give them the momentum to claim that coveted European spot once again, a run they will hope to start here.

Having not played since the 3-0 defeat to Athlone Town, Limerick will be pleased with the respite. The break has allowed them to regroup, get a new manager in Martin Russell and prepare carefully for this game. Russell and his side will be hoping the preparation paid off and Limerick’s season gets back on track.

Prediction: Draw

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