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Bohemians –v- Limerick    7:45

Bohemians host bottom side Limerick at Dalymount Park.

A late Adam Evans equaliser gave Bohemians an important 1-1 draw with Cork City on Monday. That result leaves them fifth but still apart of the chasing pack. The Dublin side will be fully expecting to take all three points here, but will be wary of facing a side who have an impressive track record away from home.

Eleven games into the season and Limerick have still yet to record a win. Their 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers last week put another point on the board but fans and players alike will see it as two points dropped. They face an uphill task to take anything away from this game against an in form side. But Limerick’s biggest results have always come away from home.

Prediction: Home win

Cork City –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Sligo Rovers travel to Turner’s Cross to face title chasing Cork City.

With only one point in the last two games, Cork City have slipped up slightly in the race for the title. Cork are now seven points behind Dundalk and that margin seems to get larger every week. John Caulfield and his side need a win here and badly and given their opponents current form it seems likely they will get it.

It’s been a disastrous start to the season for Sligo Rovers. A year ago they would have been touted as one of the front runners for the league title, now it will be an achievement if they can avoid relegation. Sligo need wins on the board, without many of them then it will be a relegation battle for sure.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Galway United    7:45

Derry City take on Galway United at the Brandywell Stadium.

The 0-0 draw with Longford Town last week did Derry City no favours. Currently in seventh place Derry seem to be destined for mid table status this season unless they can create an upswing in form. Derry will still have hopes of a European place and will see this game as the perfect time to work towards that.

A 4-1 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic last week will have been disappointing for Galway, but unsurprising. The tribesmen will feel that this game will prove a better opportunity to get a desired result and move themselves up the table. All Galway wish to achieve this season is survival, and so far they are right on track.

Prediction: Draw

Drogheda United –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

Two out of form teams face off as Drogheda United take on Bray Wanderers at Hunky Dorys Park.

The 1-0 defeat against Shamrock Rovers last week was Drogheda United’s seventh of the season. Still without a win since March, Drogheda enter this game with the belief that they can put an end to that run. They face a side in worse form than they are and will feel confident that they have enough to take all three points.

It just keeps getting worse and worse for Bray Wanderers. After managing two wins and a draw the last three games have seen three defeats and 16 goals conceded, the latest an 8-1 thrashing against Dundalk. Financial difficulties that have plagued the club off the pitch are now having an effect on it, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon.

Prediction: Home win

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

A Dublin derby here, as St Patrick’s Athletic face Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park.

Goals from Killian Brennan, Ciaran Kilduff and a brace from Conan Byrne gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 4-1 away win against Galway United last week. They face a much tougher challenge this time around against an in form Shamrock Rovers. St Pats will have to be at their best if they are to come away from this with a win, lose and a title challenge becomes much harder.

A sole Michael Drennan goal was enough to take all three points in a 1-0 win against Drogheda United last week. Rovers cannot afford to drop any points if they wish to catch up with Dundalk at the top of the league. Pat Fenlon and his side know that this game is a must win game if they wish to lift the league title at the end of the season.

Prediction: Draw

Longford Town –v- Dundalk    7:30

League leaders Dundalk travel to the City Calling Stadium to face Longford Town.

Longford will have been relatively pleased with their 0-0 draw with Derry City last week. It keeps them sixth, comfortably mid-table and most importantly away from the relegation zone. Longford’s main goal this season is establishing themselves in the league and more importantly staying there. A win here would go a long way to ensuring that.

Goals from Richie Towell, Andrew Boyle, Dane Massey, Ronan Finn and a brace each for Brian Gartland and Daryl Horgan gave Dundalk a stunning 8-1 victory over Bray Wanderers last week. That result keeps them top and six points clear of second place. A win here could only increase that lead further.

Prediction: Away win

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