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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tonight's Setanta cup ties

Quarter finals, 1ST leg

Sligo Rovers v Glentoran (Showgrounds, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Sligo men Danny North and Seamus Conneely are out but Iarflaith Davoren should be fit. The Glens reported no injury worries after their Cup win over Knockbreda on Saturday.

MATCH POINT: First real test of the season for the League of Ireland champions who should be too strong for a Glentoran side who have come through a tough period to record four straight wins.

BETTING: Sligo 8/15, Glentoran 5/1, draw 11/4

FORECAST: Sligo win

Derry City v Drogheda United (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Drogheda add new signing Michael Daly to the squad after his international clearance came through but Alan McNally is out. Dermot McCaffrey, Sean Houston (injury) and Barry Molloy (suspension) miss out for City.

MATCH POINT: Traditionally slow starters in a new season, Derry's squad looks a bit too light for this one.

BETTING: Derry 11/10, Drogheda 12/5, draw 11/5

FORECAST: Drogheda win.

Shamrock Rovers v Linfield (Tallaght Stadium, 7.30)

TEAM NEWS: Rovers expect Gary McCabe to overcome a knock but Mark Quigley is a major doubt. Linfield have suspension issues as Michael Gault and Mark McAllister both serve bans carried over from last season's competition.

MATCH POINT: The competition has added significance for Linfield as their league form - 14 points off the pace in the Irish League - leaves the Setanta as their only chance of a trophy this season, so expect a strong showing from the Blues.

BETTING: Rovers 8/11, Linfield 4/1, draw 23/10

FORECAST: draw

Quarter finals, 2nd Leg

Crusaders v Cork City (Seaview, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Crusaders have a number of injury worries while Cork's Kalen Spillane is back from suspension.

MATCH POINT: Narrow win for Cork at home to a weakened Crues side last week, the 900km round trip could count against City and lead to a home win.

BETTING: Crusaders 11/8, Cork 9/5, draw 9/4

FORECAST: Crusaders win

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- AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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