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Thursday 19 October 2017

by Aidan Fitzmaurice

TONIGHT: Premier Division

TEAM NEWS: Cork recall Garry Buckley and Darren Dennehy from suspension. John Russell. Alan Keane and Jeff Henderson are out for Sligo.

MATCH POINT: With three defeats in four, Sligo's season is tailing off while City look well-placed for a strong finish and they can keep up the pressure on Dundalk with a win here.

BETTING: Cork 10/11, Sligo 3/1, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Cork win

Bohemians v Limerick (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Boost for Bohs as Eoin Wearen and Jake Hyland return from suspension but Craig Walsh, Kevin Devaney and Dan Byrne are injured. Shane Duggan, Jason Hughes and Ian Turner all return for Limerick.

MATCH POINT: Chance for Bohs to edge closer to a top-six finish here and as Limerick are no longer their bogey side, with two wins against the Blues this season, home win.

BETTING: Bohs 10/11, Limerick 3/1, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Bohs win

Derry City v Athlone Town (Brandywell. 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Shaun Kelly and Shane McEleney are out for City. Athlone without John Mulroy, Stephen Quigley and Graham Rusk.

MATCH POINT: An erratic Derry, who won and also lost 5-0 in the space of a week, are hard to predict but with places in the team for the Cup semi-final at stake they should do the job here.

BETTING: Derry 11/20, Athlone 5/1, draw 3/1

FORECAST: Derry win

Drogheda United v Bray Wanderers (United Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Drogheda without the suspended Peter McGlynn, Garreth Brady and Shane Grimes. Bray recall Rob Maloney from suspension.

MATCH POINT: Bray have already beaten Drogheda this season but a draw likely here.

BETTING: Drogheda 4/7, Bray 9/2, draw 3/1

FORECAST: Draw

St Patrick's Ath v Shamrock R ( Richmond Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Test for the Saints squad with Ken Oman and Greg Bolger suspended. Rovers at full strength.

MATCH POINT: Win is essential for Rovers if they are to snatch third place but draw is likely in a tight derby game.

BETTING: St Pats 1/1, Rovers 11/4, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Draw

UCD v Dundalk (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Defensive blow for UCD as Gareth Matthews is suspended while Dean Clarke, Tomas Boyle and Mark Langtry are injured. Dundalk at full strength.

MATCH POINT: First of two successive away games against struggling sides for Dundalk, three points for Stephen Kenny's men here.

BETTING: UCD 9/1, Dundalk 1/4, draw 5/1

FORECAST: Dundalk win

TONIGHT: First Division

Waterford United v Longford Town (RSC, 7.45)

BETTING: Waterford 9/1, Longford 2/7, draw 17/4

FORECAST: Longford win

Finn Harps v Shelbourne (Finn Park, 8.00)

BETTING: Harps 18/5, Shels 4/5, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Shels win

Shamrock Rvs v Wexford Yths (Tallaght Stadium, 8.00)

BETTING: Rovers 18/5, Wexford 3/4, draw 13/5

FORECAST: Rovers win

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports

Cork City v Sligo Rovers (Turner's Cross, 7.05)

by Aidan Fitzmaurice

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