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Friday 20 October 2017

- By Aidan Fitzmaurice

TONIGHT: Premier Division

TEAM NEWS: Blow for Athlone as Brian Shortall and Keelan Dillon are suspended. Bray recall Ismahil Akinade and Adam Mitchell.

MATCH POINT: With Bray now safe, focus falls on Athlone and their bid to stay up but they may have to settle for a point here and anxiously await news on UCD's result.

BETTING: Athlone 4/6, Bray 18/5, draw 11/4

FORECAST: Draw

Bohemians v Derry City (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Anto Murphy, Dave Mulcahy and Stephen Best (suspension), Derek Pender and Dan Byrne (injury) are out for Bohs. Rory Patterson banned for Derry.

MATCH POINT: Last game at Bohs for boss Owen Heary as he end his eight-year stay at Dalymount to take the Sligo manager's job, with a weakened squad Bohs could struggle to get a win for Heary's send-off.

BETTING:Bohs 6/5, Derry 21/10, draw 9/4

FORECAST: Draw

Dundalk v Cork City (Oriel Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: David McMillan is the only absentee for Dundalk. Josh O'Shea and Gearóid Morrissey should be fit for City.

MATCH POINT: Which will win out: Dundalk's superb home record or Cork's stunning six-game winning streak? Tight game but Dundalk's match-winners like Towell and Hoban can win the day.

BETTING: Dundalk5/6, Cork 16/5, draw 23/10

FORECAST: Dundalk win

Shamrock Rovers v Limerick (Tallaght Stadium, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Rovers pair Dean Kelly and Conor Kenna serve one-match bans. Limerick have to cope without top scorer Rory Gaffney (suspended).

MATCH POINT: Both sides in form at the end of a difficult season which saw Rovers and Limerick change managers, Rovers are defensively sound (4 straight clean sheets) but draw likely.

BETTING: Rovers 6/10, Limerick 4/1, draw 14/5

FORECAST: Draw

Sligo Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic (Showgrounds, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Raff Cretaro (suspension) misses out for Sligo. Pats recall Conor McCormack from suspension.

MATCH POINT: Possibly the end of an era at Sligo with a clear-out expected ahead of next season, Rovers to finish on a high with a win.

BETTING: Sligo 8/5, Pats 6/4, draw 23/10

FORECAST: Sligo win

UCD v Drogheda United (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: UCD's Hugh Douglas and Chris Mulhall are suspended. Gavin Brennan again banned for United.

MATCH POINT: Three successive defeats now for Drogheda but they can end that run and win here.

BETTING: UCD 5/4, Drogheda 19/10, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Drogheda win

TONIGHT: First Div Promotion Play-off

Shelbourne v Galway (Tolka Park, 8.00)

BETTING: Shels 5/4, Galway 2/1, draw 9/4

FORECAST: draw

Athlone Town v Bray W (Athlone T Stadium, 7.45)

- By Aidan Fitzmaurice

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