LOI: Bohs Seek To Hand Dundalk First Defeat

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Bray Wanderers –v- Longford Town    7:45

Longford Town travel to the Carlisle Grounds to face Bray Wanderers.

Bray Wanderers enter this game determined to claim all three points. A win here could see them climb out of the relegation zone if results elsewhere go their way. The two week break may have given Bray the time to regroup and ensure that the rest of the season is more successful than the opening three months.

A 1-0 win against Limerick on the 23rd of May has kept Longford sitting in sixth place. Their goal of surviving this season is right on track and if they keep their consistency then Longford Town may just be playing European football next season. In order to do that they must get the right results against the teams below them, a win here is a must.

Prediction: Away win

Derry City –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:45

Derry City welcome St Patrick’s Athletic to the Brandywell Stadium.

Derry have had an indifferent season so far this year. Their lack of goals, the joints worst in the league, has caused them to struggle. Their solid defence has kept them above the relegation zone, but if they fail to find the net with more consistency then Derry may find themselves slipping further down the table.

It has been two weeks since the 2-0 defeat against Dundalk all but ended St Patrick’s Athletic’s title ambitions. They now trail the league leaders by 16 points, a gap Liam Buckley and his side will struggle to close. A European place is the most they can hope for this season, and to achieve that St Pat’s will need to start a run of wins or they will end up with nothing.

Prediction: Away win

Galway United –v- Cork City    7:45

Galway United host title chasing Cork City at Deacy Park.

Galway will be extremely pleased with their start to the season. Much like Longford their goal of staying up is right on track. They sit in seventh place and will feel they have more than enough to stay there. They face a tough challenge against Cork City, but will feel that the home field advantage gives them the edge.

Cork City currently sit in second place, six points behind Dundalk and having played a game more. If Cork wish to mount a serious title challenge then they cannot afford to drop any points. Their opponents this week are a tricky proposition, especially at home and John Caulfield and his side know they will have to bet at their best to get the win they need.

Prediction: Away win

Dundalk –v- Bohemians    7:45

League leaders Dundalk play host to Bohemians at Oriel Park.

It has been the perfect start to Dundalk’s title defence. 14 games, 12 wins and two draw leaves them six points clear at the top with a game in hand. Stephen Kenny will no doubt have warned his side of the dangers of complacency particularly after a two week break. A win here would re-establish Dundalk’s momentum and end Bohemians chances of a title challenge for another season.

If Bohemians want to pose a real challenge to Dundalk, this is a game they cannot afford to lose. A win here would close the game to 10 points and between now and the end of the season anything could happen. Lose and the gap becomes 16 points and that becomes a lead that would be very difficult to overcome.

Prediction: Home win

Limerick –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Bottom side Limerick welcome Drogheda United to the treaty county.

After 14  games Limerick are still searching for their first win of the season. Given the fact that they are seven points from safety, this game becomes must win. They face a side who have started to gain a few wins over the last month and will need something special to beat them. It’s improbable that Limerick will go through the season without a win; if it comes here it may just come at the perfect time.

With two wins in their last four games, Drogheda United may feel they have turned a corner in their season. Their eight game winless run is over and the Louth side have added more consistency to their game. They will fancy their chances of getting another win here, but will need to be wary of a side desperate for three points.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Sligo Rovers    8:00

Title hopefuls Shamrock Rovers welcome Sligo Rovers to Tallaght Stadium.

The 0-0 draw with Cork City on May 22nd was a big blow to Shamrock Rovers title ambitions. It would have left them a point behind Cork with a game in hand and seven behind Dundalk had they of won. Now Shamrock Rovers must start again by first claiming all three points here. Any points now dropped gives Dundalk and Cork a chance to move further away.

With only one point separating them and the relegation zone, Sligo Rovers will be determined to claim a victory here. Should they lose they may find themselves in the relegation zone by Sunday evening. A victory here seems very difficult for Owen Heary and his side, but stranger things have happened in football.

Prediction: Home win

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