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Thursday 8 December 2016

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Bohemians v Drogheda United (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Bohs have Robbie Creevy and Keelan Dillon fit again, but Derek Pender, Dan Byrne and Marc Griffin, Jason Byrne and Dylan Hayes are all missing. Sean Brennan and Shane Dunne are suspended for United.

MATCH POINT: The break has given the injury-hit Bohs squad time to heal, United's recent form (unbeaten in 3) was decent but home win here.

BETTING: Bohs 4/7, Drogheda 5/1, draw 14/5

FORECAST: Bohs win

Derry City v Cork City (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Derry's injury problems are improving but Ryan McBride and Seamus Sharkey are banned. Colin Healy is suspended for Cork, John Dunleavy, Kieran Djilali, John Kavanagh also out through inj ury.

MATCH POINT: Derry badly need to add to the squad and they haven't won at home since March but they can scrape a point here.

BETTING: Derry 16/5, Cork 20/21, draw 9/4

FORECAST: draw

Dundalk v Limerick (Oriel Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Full squad for Dundalk with Paddy Barrett back from suspension. Limerick missing Ian Turner and Colm Murphy.

MATCH POINT: Limerick despe rate to avoid what would be a sixth successive league defeat but Dundalk too strong here.

BETTING: Dundalk 1/10, Limerick 22/1, draw 8/1

FORECAST: Dundalk win

Galway United v Shamrock Rvs (Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Galway have worries over Jason Molloy, Gary Shanahan and Antaine O'Laoi, but new signings Colm O'Donovan and Kevin Horgan could feature. Rovers missing Mikey Drennan (suspended), Max Blanchard, Keith Fahey (pictured), Conor Kenna , Danny North and Sean O'Connor (injury).

MATCH POINT: Big test of the Rovers squad with so many absentees, draw.

BETTING: Galway 19/4, Rovers 6/10, draw 14/5

FORECAST: draw.

St Patrick's Athletic v Longford Town (Richmond Park, 8.00)

TEAM NEWS: Killian Brennan and Conan Byrne are doubts for Pats. Longford are missing Pat Sullivan and Willie Tyrell (suspended), Don Cowan an d Pat Flynn but Gary Shaw is fit again.

MATCH POINT: Pre-break form was good for the Saints, they can expect to carry on here.

BETTING: Pats 2/7, Longford 12/1, draw 4/1

FORECAST: Pats win

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Cabinteely v Wexford Youths (Stradbrook, 7.45)

BETTING: Cabo 11/2, Wexford 11/10, draw 10/3

FORECAST: draw

Shelbourne v Finn Harps (Tolka Park, 7.45)

BETTING: Shels 13/8, Harps 7/4, draw 11/5.

FORECAST: draw

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports

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