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LOI: Bohs Seek Derby Day Success

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

A Dublin derby takes place at Dalymount Park as Bohemians play St Patrick’s Athletic.

Goals from Dean Kelly and Adam Evans gave Bohemians a 2-0 win against Longford Town last week. That win lifts them up to second place, three points behind Dundalk. Keith Long will be extremely pleased with how his side’s season has gone so far, expectations have risen and challenging for the league this season, seems like a real possibility.

St Patrick’s Athletic will be relatively pleased with their 0-0 draw with Cork City last week. Given Cork’s form, avoiding defeat was far from the worst result. Pragmatically, St Pats have not won a game since the end of March and if they hope to climb the table and challenge for the title, a win is needed here.

Prediction: Draw 

Derry City –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

Bray Wanderers travel to the Brandywell Stadium to play Derry City.

Derry City head in to this game without a win since March 27th. The 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers last week, while pleasing did little to move Derry up the table. They currently sit in seventh place 11 points from the top and anxiously looking below them. Derry need a win and will see this game as a good opportunity to get it.

Goals from Adam Hanlon, Emeka Onwubiko, David Cassidy and Graham Kelly gave Bray Wanderers an impressive 4-0 win over Limerick last week. That was Bray’s second win in a row and after losing their opening five games this season, the Wicklow side will feel they have turned and corner and enter this game fully confident they can make it three wins from three.

Prediction: Away win

Drogheda United –v- Cork City    7:45

Drogheda United host Cork City at Hunky Dory’s Park.

After losing 1-0 to their local rivals Dundalk last week, Drogheda now face Dundalk’s title challengers. Having not won a game since the 13th of March, Drogheda will be desperate to put three points on the board. They face a tough challenge against an in form side, who need to win just as badly.

The 0-0 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic last week saw Cork City slip one place into third. John Caulfield will have assured his charges that it’s early in the season and that there is a long way to go with many points to play for. Three points are up for grabs here and Cork will be determined to take them back to Turner’s Cross.

Prediction: Away win

Galway United –v- Limerick    7:45

Galway United play host to Limerick at Deacy Park.

With only one win so far this season Galway United enter confident and determined that they can walk away with all three points. They play a side who have yet to win a game and the tribesmen will feel confident that the home field advantage will be enough to ensure that they will land the victory.

Rock bottom Limerick will feel disappointed that they could not take advantage of their 1-1 draw with Dundalk and suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat against Bray Wanderers last week. Limerick will see this game as the perfect opportunity to land their first win of the season and get back to the form of previous years.

Prediction: Draw

Longford Town –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Longford Town face Sligo Rovers at the City Calling Stadium.

Longford Town will have been disappointed with their 2-0 to Bohemians last week. Despite that defeat, the newly promoted side will be pleased with their season so far. Currently in sixth position Longford will look to cement that place by taking all three points against an out of form Sligo Rovers.

After six games a goal from Dinny Corcoran gave Sligo Rovers their first win of the season. Entering this game Sligo will feel confident that can get another three points. Owen Heary and his side must be wary however as their opponents are difficult opposition on their home ground and want all three points just as badly.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Dundalk    8:00

League leaders Dundalk travel to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers.

The 0-0 draw with Derry City last week will have been a disappointment to Shamrock Rovers. That result leaves them fourth, four points off their opponents here. A win here would close the gap to one, something Pat Fenlon and his side will be determined to achieve. All three points could give Shamrock Rovers the momentum to put them firmly in the driving seat.

A late Richie Towell winner was enough to give Dundalk all three points in a 1-0 win against local rivals Drogheda United last week. That result keeps them top and Stephen Kenny and his side show no signs of being usurped from that position. A win here will be difficult but achievable and could put a dent in Shamrock Rovers’ title ambition, even this early.

Prediction: Away win

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