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Tuesday 24 October 2017

By Aidan Fitzmaurice

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

TEAM NEWS: Weakened squad again for Bray with Ismahil Akinade and Adam Mitchell suspended. David McMillan the only absentee for Dundalk.

MATCH POINT: Bray have beaten Dundalk already this season but with just one win in their last 19, hard to see Wanderers getting the points here.

BETTING: Bray 19/2, Dundalk 1/4, draw 17/4

FORECAST: Dundalk win

Cork City v Bohemians (Turner's Cross, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Weak squad for Bohs who are without Aidan Price and Paddy Kavanagh (suspension), Derek Pender and Dan Byrne (injury) and Roberto Lopes (exams) but Kevin Devaney and Dave Mulcahy return. Cork missing Michael Rafter, Gearóid Morrissey, Josh O'Shea, Danny Morrissey.

MATCH POINT: Five successive wins under their belts there is real momentum behind Cork now. Bohs have been their bogey side this season but with a weakened squad for the visitors this has to be a home win.

BETTING: Cork 2/5, Bohs 6/1, draw 10/3

FORECAST: Cork win

Derry City v UCD (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Aaron Barry is out for Derry with a one-match ban but good news on the squad front as Danny Ventre returned from injury last weekend.. UCD without Samir Belhout (suspended).

MATCH POINT: Four league games without a win, Derry clearly have their focus on the Cup final but UCD, who have failed to score in the last four, will struggle again.

BETTING: Derry 4/11, UCD 6/1, draw 15/4

FORECAST: Derry win

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers (United Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Test for the United squad with Daire Doyle and Gavin Brennan suspended. Patrick Cregg is suspended for Rovers.

MATCH POINT: Last home game of the season for Drogheda but their season looks like finishing on a whimper.

BETTING: United 29/10, Rovers 20/23, draw 12/5

FORECAST: draw

Limerick v Sligo Rovers (Thomond Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Limerick recall Patrick Nzuzi and Shaun Kelly from suspension. John Russell, Alan Keane, Jeff Henderson and Iarfhlaith Davoren are out for Sligo but David Cawley is available again.

MATCH POINT: Both sides on form of late but could be a game too much for Sligo's thin squad.

BETTING: Limerick 9/5, Sligo 7/5, draw 9/4

FORECAST: draw

St. Patrick's Athletic v Athlone T (Richmond Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: James Chambers rejoins the Pats squad. Change in defence for Athlone with Brian Shortall banned but Aidan Collins and Graham Rusk are back in contention.

MATCH POINT: Seven goals conceded in the last two games is a bad omen for Athlone as they head to Inchicore, home win.

BETTING: Pats 2/7, Athlone 17/2, draw 4/1

FORECAST: Pats win

First Division Promotion /Relegation Play-off

Galway FC v Shelbourne (Eamon Deacy Park, 7.45)

BETTING: Galway 1/1, Shels 13/5, draw 9/4

FORECAST: draw

Bray Wanderers v Dundalk (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45)

By Aidan Fitzmaurice

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