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Friday 18 August 2017

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Premier Division

Bohemians v Dundalk (Dalymount Pk, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Strong Bohs squad with only Dan Byrne and Dave Mulcahy out. Dundalk still missing ex-Bohs man Stephen O'Donnell.

pMATCH POINT: Impressive start to 2015 from the two clubs, both yet to concede a goal. Stephen Kenny has a good record at Dalymount but a draw may have to do.

pBETTING: Bohs 7/2, Dundalk 10/11, draw 11/5

pFORECAST: Draw

Cork C v Galway Utd (Turner's Crs, 7.45)

pTEAM NEWS: Rob Lehane, Josh O'Shea, Michael McSweeney are concerns for City. Sam Oji is suspended for United who also have Kilian Cantwell, Ger Hanley, Enda Curran and Marc Ludden injured.

pMATCH POINT: Cork loooked sluggish against Rovers on Friday but back on home soil here, they can account for Galway.

pBETTING: Cork 4/9, Galway 6/1, draw 10/3

pFORECAST: Cork win

Drogheda Utd v Limerick (Utd Pk, 7.45)

pTEAM NEWS: Drogheda have doubts over Cathal Brady, Alan Byrne, Mick Daly and Daryl Kavanagh. Limerick's Shane Duggan still banned.

pMATCH POINT: Limerick stopped the rot by getting a point against Longford last weekend but they could struggle in Drogheda.

pBETTING: Drogheda 7/10, Limerick 17/4, draw 5/2

pFORECAST: Drogheda win

St Pat's A v Derry C (Richmond Pk, 7.45)

pTEAM NEWS: Squad woes for Pats with Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien and Jason McGuinness injured and Killian Brennan and Conor McCormack suspended). Derry have Anthony Elding fit but Ryan McBride, Dean Jarvis and Shaun Kelly are doubtful while Mark Timlin is suspended.

pMATCH POINT: A real test for the Saints squad with so many players missing, chance for Derry to get a point.

pBETTING: Pats 3/4, Derry 4/1, draw 12/5

pFORECAST: draw

Sligo R v Shamrock R (Showgrounds, 7.45)

pTEAM NEWS: Jeff Henderson, Richard Brush and John Russell are missing for the home side. The Hoops are likely to be without Luke Byrne, while Danny North and Keith Fahey are doubts.

pMATCH POINT: Rated as possible title contenders, Sligo have yet to get into gear and they would settle for a draw here.

pBETTING: Sligo 2/1, Rovers 6/4, draw 12/5

pFORECAST: Draw

Longford Town v Bray Wanderers (City Calling Stadium, 8.0)

pTEAM NEWS: Full squad for both sides.

pMATCH POINT: Without a goal or a point in three games, Bray need to get their season going and a scrappy draw here will suffice.

pBETTING: Longford 4/6, Bray 19/4, draw 5/2

pFORECAST: Draw

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