Game on: SSE Airtricity League of Ireland match centre
The opening games of the
Dundalk v Longford Town
(Oriel Park, 7.45)
TEAM NEWS: Darren Meenan is suspended for Dundalk who are also missing captain Stephen O’Donnell. Jamie Mulhall misses out for Town.
MATCH POINT: First Premier game since November 2007 for Longford and a tricky one, away to the champions, Longford will do ok this season but this game will be a struggle.
BETTING: Dundalk 2/5, Longford 13/2, draw 7/2
FORECAST: Dundalk win
Galway United v Derry City
(Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45)
TEAM NEWS: Galway’s Alex Byrne is suspended with Kilian Cantwell and Ger Hanley injured. Suspension woes for Derry with Stephen Dooley and Ryan McBride banned.
MATCH POINT: President Michael D Higgins will be among the crowd tonight but he could be denied a Galway win as the two clubs bed in for the new season, draw likely.
BETTING: Galway 13/8, Derry 7/4, draw 21/10
Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick’s Athletic
(Tallaght Stadium, 7.45)
TEAM NEWS: Suspensions carried over from last season cause severe disruption for both managers. Rovers are missing five suspended players (Gavin Brennan, Ryan Brennan, Keith Fahey, Stephen McPhail, Barry Murphy) while Saints duo Killian Brennan and Sean Hoare are also banned, and ex-Hoop Ger O’Brien is an injury doubt. Possible debut for Saints’ new signing. Togolese international Cyril Kossi Guedjé.
MATCH POINT: Pats’ record in Tallaght is poor with one win from the last seven league games there but with the Hoops squad ravaged by suspensions they can nick at least a point.
BETTING: Rovers 11/8, Pats 21/10, draw 11/5
TONIGHT: FIRST DIVISION
Cabinteely v Wexford Youths (Stradbrook, 7.45)
BETTING: Cabinteely 7/1, Wexford 4/11, draw 7/2
FORECAST: Wexford win
Waterford Utd v Athlone Tn (RSC, 7.45)
BETTING: Waterford 17/10, Athlone 31/20, draw 2/1
Shelbourne v Finn Harps
(Tolka Park, 8.00)
BETTING: Shels 20/23, Harps 16/5, draw 11/5
FORECAST: Shels win
*Betting prices courtesy of BoyleSports