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LOI: Cork Seek To Knock Dundalk Off Top

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Cork City –v- Dundalk    7:35

The top two sides in the division face off here as Cork City host Dundalk at Turner’s Cross.

Goals from Garry Buckley and Colin Healy gave Cork City a 2-0 win over Longford Town on Monday. That result keeps them within two points of Dundalk at the top of the table. A win here sees Cork go top, a difficult proposition, but if John Caulfield and his side have any intention of being crowned champions, this is a must win game.

A Richie Towell hat-trick gave Dundalk a 3-0 win over Galway United on Monday. That win keeps them top and if they can follow that with a win here, the gap at the top becomes four points and gives the Louth side some room to breathe. This is arguably Dundalk’s toughest game of the season and the result will be a big indicator in where the league is heading this season.

Prediction: Draw

Derry City –v- Bohemians    7:45

Bohemians travel to the Brandywell Stadium to face Derry City.

Goals from Barry McNamee and Mark Timlin gave Derry City a 2-0 win against Limerick last time out. Inconsistent form has kept Derry languishing mid table so far this season. A win here could put them on a run that could challenge for at the very least a European place next season. A defeat could derail all momentum of Monday’s win and force them to start over again.

The 0-0 draw with Sligo on Monday will put a dent in Bohemians title ambitions. That result keeps them six points behind Dundalk. Their opponents here will look to dent their title ambitions further and perhaps lay the groundwork for a title challenge of their own. Bohs will enter this game determined to pick up a win and get back into the title race.

Prediction: Away win

Drogheda United –v- Longford Town    7:45

Drogheda United play host to Longford Town at Hunky Dory’s Park.

Drogheda will have been extremely pleased with their 2-2 draw away to St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday. That result gives them some breathing room from the bottom sides. Having not won a game since mid March, Drogheda will hope that the momentum carried from Monday’s result will allow them to all three points here.

A draw with Sligo last week followed by a defeat to Cork on Monday has hampered Longford’s momentum as of late. They will look to get back on track by taking all three points here, but arguably face a tougher challenge now, than it looked last week due to recent results from their opponents.

Prediction: Home win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Sligo Rovers travel to Richmond Park to play St Patrick’s Athletic.

The 2-2 draw with Drogheda United on Monday was a big setback for St Patrick’s Athletic’s title ambitions. That result leaves them fifth and eight points off the top. Though it’s early in the season Liam Buckley will no doubt be worried about his side’s inability to put a run of wins together. A win here is a must.

Sligo have not been enjoying this season so far. With only one win, their title win of 2012 seems like a distant memory. Owen Heary and his side have their work cut out for them if they are to turn their season around. If they fail to do it and quickly, then Sligo may be facing a relegation battle they would rather avoid.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Galway United    5:45

Bray Wanderers host Galway United at the Carlisle Grounds.

After a three game undefeated streak Bray Wanderers suffered their first defeat since the end of March losing 3-0 against Shamrock Rovers on Monday. The Wicklow side will look to bounce back immediately and will see this game as the perfect opportunity. A win here could propel them as high as seventh, a comfortable distance from the relegation zone.

After a 3-2 win against Limerick last week Galway United believed it was the start in an upturn of fortune, until the 3-0 defeat against Dundalk robbed them of that belief. Despite that Galway still believe that they are more than capable of winning this game and lifting themselves out of the relegation zone.

Prediction: Draw

Limerick –v- Shamrock Rovers    6:30

Shamrock Rovers travel south to play bottom side Limerick.

After nine games, Limerick are still in search of their first three points this season. It seems unlikely that their first win of the season will come here against an in-form side. Despite that, Limerick have shown themselves capable of providing an upset against big teams and will be determined to provide another upset here.

Goals from Michael Drennan, Ryan Brennan and Maxime Blanchard gave Shamrock Rovers a 3-0 away win against Bray Wanderers on Monday. The Dublin side enter this game fully confident of landing all three points. Pat Fenlon and his side must be wary of the potential trickiness of this tie or else they could end up on the losing side.

Prediction: Away win

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