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Saturday 3 December 2016

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tonight: premier DIVISION

aBohemians v Shamrock Rovers, (Dalymount Park, 7.35)

TEAM NEWS: Bohs hope to recall Anto Murphy, Dave Mulcahy and Stephen Best but Robbie Creevy, Paddy Kavanagh, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne and Marc Griffin are all out. Rovers are missing Mikey Drennan through suspension while Keith Fahey and Danny North are injured.

MATCH POINT: The Rovers attack has been in devastating form of late but Drennan is a big loss.

BETTING: Bohs 16/5, Rovers 21/20, draw 23/10

FORECAST: Draw

aCork CIty v Bray Wanderers (Turner's Cross, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Cork cope without Darren Dennehy (suspended). Bray's Peter McGylnn is banned.

MATCH POINT: One goal in the last three games shows that Bray are struggling up front and while Cork laboured to a 1-0 win at home to Bray earlier this season, they will be too strong here.

BETTING: Cork 1/5, Bray 14/1, draw 5/1

FORECAST: Cork win

aDrogheda United v Derry City (United Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Shane Dunne again banned for United, Marc Hughes a doubt. Ryan McBride's suspension adds to Derry's injury woes while City have released Anthony Elding.

MATCH POINT: Confidence is low at Derry, having leaked seven goals in the last two games, and Drogheda can profit here.

BETTING: Drogheda 21/10, Derry 13/10, draw 9/4

FORECAST: Drogheda win

aLongford Town v Galway United (City Calling Stadium, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Don Cowan out for Longford. Galway's only absentsee is Andy O'Connell.

MATCH POINT: Longford's form is picking up and four clean sheets in six is impressive.

BETTING: Longford 20/21, Galway 29/10, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Longford win

aSt Patrick's Athletic v Limerick (Richmond Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Conan Byrne missing again for Pats. Limerick without Paudie O'Connor, Seán McSweeney and Seán Harding.

MATCH POINT: Pats appear to have come through their tough spell and will avoid any slip-ups against the bottom side.

BETTING: Pats 2/11, Limerick 16/1, draw 11/2

FORECAST: Pats win

aSligo Rovers v Dundalk (Showgrounds, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Chaos at Sligo with Gavin Dykes in temporary charge due to Owen Heary's situation. Paddy Barrett is suspended for Dundalk so Brian Gartland returns.

MATCH POINT: Sligo, in disarray, can expect a real response from Dundalk to their loss to Bohemians.

BETTING: Sligo 19/5, Dundalk 8/11, draw 13/5

FORECAST: Dundalk win

FIRST DIVISION

Cabinteely v Athlone Town

(Stradbrook, 7.45)

BETTING: Cabo 11/2, Athlone 4/7, draw 11/4

FORECAST: Athlone win

Waterford United v UCD (RSC, 7.45)

BETTING: W'ford 5/1, UCD 4/7, draw 29/10

FORECAST: Draw

Finn Harps v Wexford Youths

(Finn Park, 8.00)

BETTING: Harps 7/5, Wexford 19/10, draw 23/10

FORECAST: Draw

Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers

(Tolka Park, 7.45)

BETTING: Shels 1/2, Cobh 5/1, draw 16/5

FORECAST: Shels win

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports

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