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Dundalk Look For Five From Five

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Dundalk –v- Sligo Rovers    7:35

Champions Dundalk host Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park.

It has been the perfect start to Dundalk’s title defence. Four games, four wins eight goals scored and none conceded, the most recent of which came in a 3-0 win over Bohemians on Tuesday. Stephen Kenny and his side will be fully focused on keeping up their form and the momentum that comes with it.

Unlike their opponents, Sligo Rovers will not be happy to their start of the season at all. Currently without a win, their most recent result coming in the form of a 2-1 defeat against Shamrock Rovers, Sligo will be determined to get three points here. It is an unlikely task against an in form championship winning side, but stranger results have happened.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Derry City face Drogheda United at the Brandywell Stadium.

Derry City are another side who entered this season with high expectations and have thus far failed to meet them. With only one win so far the candystripes will be more determined than ever to turn their season around. They will feel confident that with the home field advantage that they have enough to get all three points.

In contrast to their opponents, Drogheda United will feel very pleased with their start to the season. Two wins and a draw has been a very good start for a side who has struggled in recent seasons. They will enter this feeling confident that will at the very least avoid defeat, but a will could be the catalyst for their strongest season in years.

Prediction: Draw

Galway United –v- Longford Town    7:45

Two sides recently promoted face off here at Deacy Park.

With only one win and three defeats, Galway will be slightly disappointed with their start to the season. Under no illusions that their campaign in the premier division would be extremely tough, Galway would have hoped for a better start. They have a big opportunity here to double their points tally and Tommy Dunne and his side will be determined to take it.

Longford have had a slightly better start then their opponents. A win and a draw will be pleasing to manager Tony Cousins especially given their opening two games were against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. With four points in their last two games however, Longford will be determined to gain some more points and momentum which will hopefully lead to a relegation free season.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Bohemian FC    8:00

A Dublin derby here, as Shamrock Rovers host Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Sean O’Connor and Michael Drennan gave Shamrock Rovers an impressive 2-1 away win over Sligo on Tuesday. That result continues the Tallaght side’s impressive start to the season. Pat Fenlon and his players will know there is a long way to go, but will be optimistic of their chances of a real title challenge this year.

Bohemian’s great start to the season took on a hit on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 defeat against Dundalk. Keith Long and his players will look to bounce back immediately with a win here. They face a tough task, but these are they games that need to be won if you want to mount a serious title challenge.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Cork City    5:45

Cork City travel to the Carlisle Grounds to play Bray Wanderers.

Four games, four defeats, no goals scored and seven conceded. It has been the worst possible start to the season for Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow side need points on the board and fast, but face a tough task against free scoring opponents with a strong defence. Alan Matthews and his side need to produce something special, whether they can or not is something else.

Goals from Karl Sheppard and Alan Bennett gave Cork City a 2-0 away win over Galway on Tuesday. That result keeps them in touching distance of the top two and still well in contention for a title challenge. After a slow start Cork have found the form that aided them so well last season. Can they keep it up? Time will tell.

Prediction: Away win

Limerick –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    6:30

Limerick play host to St Patrick’s Athletic at Thomond Park.

After a truly disastrous start, Limerick have rebounded slightly with tow draws in a week against Longford and Drogheda United. These results have put some precious points on the board. Limerick will look to capitalise on their opponent’s inconsistent form and hopefully land a win that could turn their season around.

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for St Patrick’s Athletic. Two wins and two defeats has thus far prevented any momentum being built and has hindered their title challenge. But a 2-1 against Sligo on Tuesday followed by a win here could be start of them pushing the teams above them. If not their hot and cold form may just continue.

Prediction: Away win

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