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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tonight

Tonight

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic

(Dalymount Park, Live RTÉ2 8pm)

n League form: Bohemians DLWDD St Patrick's Athletic WWDWL

nMatch odds: Bohemians 7/2, 
St Patrick's Athletic 3/4, Draw 5/2

nReferee: D Tomney (Dublin)

nTeam news: St Pat's are missing Keith Fahey through suspension and meet a Bohemians side who have Aidan Price (ankle) and Dave Mulcahy (hamstring) fit and available again. Jack Memery (knee) is a doubt for the hosts.

nTalking point: With five 
of the 12 Premier Division clubs opting to dispense with their managers by this stage of the season, Owen Heary could be forgiven for feeling a little jumpy. Instead he is calm. "I don't think there is too much pressure of that kind on me," said Heary. Win tonight and he'll feel even more relaxed.

nVerdict: Draw

Athlone Town v Limerick

(Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45pm)

nLeague form: Athlone Town WLWDL Limerick WWWLL

nMatch odds: Athlone Town 17/10, Limerick 6/4, Draw 11/5

nReferee: S Grant (Wexford)

nTeam news: Athlone are 
missing Aidan Collins, who has a shoulder injury, but include their new signing, Ryan Coulter, in their match-day squad. They may also hand a starting position to John Mulroy, who came on as a sub last week. Limerick 
have doubts hanging over Sammy Oji (shoulder), Shaun Kelly (knee) and Shane Tracy (foot).

nTalking point: After sacking Stuart Taylor in midweek, Limerick are on 
the lookout for a new manager and a new direction. Thus far, their 18 months back in the Premier Division has been a let-down. Six points clear of safety, they badly need a win tonight. Athlone, however, are finally playing well after making an appalling start to their season.

nVerdict: Home win

Drogheda United v Cork City

(United Park, 7.45pm)

nLeague form: Drogheda United LLLLW, Cork City WWWWD

nMatch odds: Drogheda United 7/2, Cork City 7/10, Draw 13/5

nReferee: R Rogers (Dublin)

nTeam news: Drogheda have a couple of key defenders - Paul Andrews (suspended) and Ciaran McGuigan (medial ligament injury) - missing but compared to Cork, they have got off lightly as the Rebels have to plan without Darren Murphy (dislocated shoulder), Michael Rafter (ankle), Gearoid Morrissey (suspended), Dan Murray (suspended), Rob Lehane (arm) and Iarfhlaith Davoren (hamstring).

nTalking point: Having overseen two decent performances, and one excellent result, Darius Kierans' caretaker 
stint has been extended. The last thing he needed then was the visit of Cork, a team who have kept five clean sheets in a row and 10 in their 18 league games this season. Gunning for a title, they should take a step closer to that goal here.

nVerdict: Away win

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