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LOI: Cork Aim To Turn Up Pressure On Dundalk

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Bray Wanderers –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:05

Relegation threatened Bray Wanderers play St Patrick’s Athletic at the Carlisle Grounds.

With only six games to go, every game is now crucial for Bray Wanderers, who have not played since the 2-1 defeat to Bohemians on September 5th. Bray will be determined to put some more points on the board. They face a tough ask against St Patrick’s Athletic but with home advantage anything is possible.

Now that the league title is beyond them St Patrick’s Athletic have focused their aim on the FAI Cup. Despite that the Dublin side are still capable of big results in the league as seen by their recent 1-0 win over champions elect Dundalk. Despite having little to play for St Pats are still capable of beating anyone on their day and will be fully expecting all three points here.

Prediction: Away win

Athlone Town –v- Bohemian FC    7:45

Athlone Town continue their fight for survival as they host Bohemians at the Athlone Town Stadium.

The 1-1 draw with Drogheda United in their last game still gives Athlone Town a good chance to earn their survival. Though bottom of the league, only three points separates them from UCD and with six games left Athlone will feel confident they can be overtaken. A strong result here will go a long way getting that but Athlone will have to be at their best to get it.

Goals from Dinny Corcoran and Jason Byrne gave Bohemians a 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers on September 5th. That win confirmed their safety in the league for another season. As with most teams in the league, Bohemians are just playing out the season with an eye to next year’s campaign.

Prediction: Draw

Sligo Rovers –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Fifth placed Sligo Rovers take on eight placed Drogheda United at the Showgrounds.

Goals from David Cawley, Eamon Zayed and Danny North gave Sligo a 3-2 win over Bohemians in what proved to be John Coleman’s swan song at the club. Now managerless for the second time this season Sligo will the campaign over as quickly as possible in order to rebuild for next year.

Having not played since the 1-1 draw with Athlone, Drogheda like their opponents are playing the season out and preparing for the next one. An eight place finish equals their final standings of last season and Drogheda will be determined to progress further next year.

Prediction: Home win

Limerick –v- Cork City    5:30

Limerick play host to title chasing Cork City at Thomond Park.

A goal from Ian Turner and a brace from Rory Gaffney gave Limerick an away win over UCD last time out. That win leaves them seventh and safe for another season. Limerick’s big test this year was to avoid second season syndrome, which they have done so admirably. Next year it will be all about progression and how much Limerick can improve.

A solitary 90th minute Daniel Murray goal was enough to give Cork City a crucial 1-0 win over Shamrock Rovers last time out. That win leaves them six points behind Dundalk with a game in hand. Win here and it’s down to three and with their final game being against Dundalk, anything can happen.

Prediction: Away win

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