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Tuesday 17 October 2017

- Aidan Fitzmaurice

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

TEAM NEWS: Seán Brennan is banned for Athlone, who are also missing the injured Stephen Quigley along with John Mulroy and Sam O'Connor. David McMillan the only absentee for Dundalk with Stephen O'Donnell back in the squad.

MATCH POINT: Dundalk have scored seven without reply in the last two league games and an Athlone side who have managed just one clean sheet since July will struggle.

BETTING: Athone 17/2, Dundalk 3/10, draw 17/4

FORECAST: Dundalk win

Bohemians v Sligo Rovers (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Bohs are missing Dave Mulcahy (suspension), Kevin Devaney and Dan Byrne (injury) but Jason Byrne could feature. Sligo's David Cawley is suspended, Regan Donelon is on international duty with the Irish U19s, Gary Rogers is a doubt, but Séamus Conneely is available.

MATCH POINT: No real edge here as two sides play out the season. Bohs can bet back on track with their good home record.

BETTING: Bohs 8/5, Sligo 8/5, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Bohs win

Derry City v Limerick (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Derry's Shaun Kelly misses out against his former club due to suspension. Limerick without Patrick Nzuzi (suspension), Robbie Williams and Jack Doherty (injury).

MATCH POINT: Limerick earned a point up in Derry early in the season and with Derry's focus on the Cup, another draw likely.

BETTING: Derry 21/20, Limerick 5/2, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Draw

Drogheda U v St Patrick's Athletic (United Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Gavin Brennan is suspended for Drogheda, James Chambers serves a one-match ban for Pats.

MATCH POINT: With 17 goals scored in the last five, Pats are finishing strongly and will get the win here.

BETTING: Drogheda 10/3, Pats 3/4, draw 14/5

FORECAST: Pats win

UCD v Cork City (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: UCD recall Conor Cannon and Mark Langtry, but Dean Clarke and Tomás Boyle are injured. Michael Rafter, Gearóid Morrissey, Josh O'Shea and Danny Morrissey are out for City, but Colin Healy returns from a ban.

MATCH POINT: Cork have laboured to narrow wins over UCD this season but no slip-ups here.

BETTING: UCD 12/1, Cork 2/9, draw 5/1

FORECAST: Cork win

Shamrock Rovers v Bray W (Tallaght Stadium, 8.0)

TEAM NEWS: Depleted squad for Bray with Niall Cooney, Ismahil Akinade, Shane O'Connor and Dave Webster suspended. Suspension woes for Rovers with Jason McGuinness; Barry Murphy, David O'Connor, Stephen McPhail and Dean Kelly are doubts.

MATCH POINT: Rovers looking tired at this stage of the season but they'll still have too much for a Bray side who need wins.

BETTING: Rovers 3/10, Bray 9/1, draw 17/4

FORECAST: Rovers win

Athlone Town v Dundalk (Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45)

- Aidan Fitzmaurice

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