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Friday 9 December 2016

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TONIGHT: PREMIER DIVISION

Bray Wanderers v Longford Town (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Bray at full strength. Longford boss Tony Cousins serves a touchline ban.

p MATCH POINT: Signs of progress at Bray under Trevor Croly and Longford's energy-sapping Cup battles could hurt them.

p BETTING: Bray 21/10, Longford 13/10, draw 23/10

p FORECAST: Bray win

Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic (Brandywell, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Derry missing Mark Timlin and Seanan Clucas (suspension), Ryan McBride, Stephen Dooley and Sean Houston (injury). Kenny Browne serves a ban for Pats and Conan Byrne is injured but Ger O'Brien is fit again.

p MATCH POINT: Derry badly need to add to their squad and as long as Peter Hutton has to wait, City will struggle.

p BETTING: Derry 14/5, Pats 1/1, draw 23/10

p FORECAST: Pats win

Galway Utd v Cork City (Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Andy O'Connell and Antaine O Laoi out for United. Cork without John Dunleavy and Kieran Djilali, while Alan Bennett and Danny Morrissey are doubts.

p MATCH POINT: A poor league defeat to Drogheda was a wake-up call for Galway after bright spell, Cork likely to win here.

p BETTING: Galway 19/4, Cork 8/13, draw 11/4

p FORECAST: Cork win

Dundalk v Bohemians (Oriel Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Boost for Dundalk as Brian Gartland is back to fitness. Weakened squad for Bohs with Derek Pender and Marc Griffin out for the season with Anto Murphy and Paddy Kavanagh absent and Dean Kelly doubtful.

p MATCH POINT: With a full squad Bohs could test Dundalk but injuries leave Keith Long with a battle.

p BETTING: Dundalk 4/11, Bohs 8/1, draw 18/5

p FORECAST: Dundalk win

Limerick v Drogheda United (Markets Field, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Seán Harding and Colm Murphy are injured for the Blues while Paudie O'Connor is likely to miss out due to his Leaving cert. Daryl Kavanagh and Shane Dunne are suspended for Drogheda.

p MATCH POINT: Big night for Limerick with their return to the Market's Field, Blues fans can only pray for a response from Martin Russell's struggling side.

p BETTING: Limerick 21/10, Drogheda 5/4, draw 12/5

p FORECAST: Limerick win

Shamrock Rvs v Sligo Rvs (Tallaght Stadium, 8.0)

p TEAM NEWS: Patrick Cregg is banned for the Hoops, also without Danny North. Jeff Henderson the only absentee for Sligo as John Russell and Alan Keane return.

p MATCH POINT: Ex-Sligo man Danny North is badly missed by the Hoops but despite Sligo's recent revival, looks like a home win here.

p BETTING: Rovers 4/7, Sligo 11/2, draw 11/4

p FORECAST: Hoops win

tonight: First Division

Athlone T v Finn H (Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45)

p BETTING: Athlone 7/4, Harps 8/5, draw 9/4

p FORECAST: draw

Cobh Ramblers v Waterford United (St. Colman's Park, 7.45)

p BETTING: Cobh 6/5, Waterford 12/5, draw 11/5

p FORECAST: draw

UCD v Cabinteely (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

p BETTING: UCD 3/10, Cabo 19/2, draw 4/1

p FORECAST: UCD win

Wexford Youths v Shelbourne (Ferrycarrig Park, 8.00)

p BETTING: Wexford 21/20, Shels 13/5, draw 23/10

p FORECAST: Wexford

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports

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