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

Champions Dundalk host St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park.

A goal from Dane Massey was enough to give Dundalk all three points in a 1-0 win over Derry City last week. Only an inferior goal difference now keeps them off the top spot. They face a difficult game here against one of their title rivals however and Stephen Kenny will be hoping the home field advantage will aid his side against one of their most difficult opponents.

Goals from Killian Brennan, Chris Forrester and Chris Fagan gave St Pat’s a comfortable 3-0 win over Bray Wanderers last week. This week’s opposition will be much more challenging for the men of Inchicore and Liam Buckley will need his side, the aforementioned in particular firing on all cylinders to get the right result.

Prediction: Draw

Galway United –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Galway United welcome the arrival of Drogheda United at Deacy Park.

A 2-0 defeat to Bohemians last week was Galway United’s second defeat in as many matches this season. The newly promoted side will be hoping to put their first points on the board this season, but face a tough ask against an in form side who aren’t shy of scoring goals. Galway will need to rediscover last season’s form or they could be in for a long season.

Goals from Daryl Kavanagh, Cathal Brady and Neil Yadolahi gave Drogheda United an impressive 3-2 home win against Sligo Rovers last week. That win helped continue Drogheda’s strong start to the season. Johnny McDonnell will be pleased with his side’s start and will be looking for more of the same here.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Cork City    8:00

Two title hopefuls face off here as Shamrock Rovers face Cork City at Tallaght Stadium.

Two games, two wins as goals from Sean O’Connor and Kieran Waters helped Shamrock Rovers to a 2-0 away win over Longford last week. That win puts them second, only missing out on the top spot due to goal difference. The Dublin side face a much sterner test here against Cork City side intent on claiming the title that eluded them last season.

A goal from Gavin Holohan and a brace each from Billy Dennehy and Darren Dennehy gave Cork City an emphatic 5-0 victory over Limerick last week. Despite the impressive result John Caulfield and his side know that they will need to be at their best if they are to get any kind of result out of this game against an impressive Shamrock Rovers.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Bohemian FC    5:45

Bohemians travel to the Carlisle Grounds to take on Bray Wanderers.

It has been far from the ideal start for Bray Wanderers this season. Two games and two defeats have put the Wicklow side under immediate pressure. They may face a third defeat against an in form side full of goals, but Alan Matthews has the experience to turn things around. Bray only hope he does it quickly.

A brace from Anthony Murphy gave Bohemians a 2-0 win over Galway last week and their second win this season. Keith Long will be extremely pleased with his sides start to the season after indifferent form in years gone by. A third win here could allow the Dublin side to really build momentum towards may be their most successful season in years.

Prediction: Away win

Limerick –v- Longford Town    6:30

Two sides that haven’t yet got going face off here as Limerick play Longford Town at Thomond Park.

Two games in, two defeats and eight goals conceded. It has been far from the ideal start for Limerick. They enter this game with the hopes of putting some points on the board. Their opponents have had an equally poor start and are looking for some points of their own. Limerick had best find some of the quality they had in previous seasons, or they could be in trouble.

Longford Town have had a difficult time lately. The shine of promotion has worn off and they realisation that the club is in for a fight has kicked in. This game could be their best chance yet at putting some points on the board, something Tony Cousins has no doubt made his players aware of.

Prediction: Draw

Sligo Rovers –v- Derry City    7:45

Sligo Rovers play host to Derry City at Showground’s.

After only taking one point for six available, Sligo Rovers head into this week’s fixture determined to get a win. The 3-2 defeat against Drogheda United Owen Heary and his side will be looking to find more consistency in their play and get one over what could be a potential title rival.

A 1-0 defeat against Dundalk last week will have been disappointing but unsurprising for Derry City. The candystripes will be looking bounce back quickly by getting all three points here. They face a tough game, but these are the matches that must be won if you have title ambitions.

Prediction: Draw

 

Image courtesy of shamrockrovers.ie

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