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Thursday 16 August 2018

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE

TONIGHT: Premier Division

St Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk (Richmond Park, 7.05)

TEAM NEWS: Greg Bolger resumes league action after a ban for St Pat's, who hope to recall Chris Fagan. Dundalk still without Stephen O'Donnell.

MATCH POINT: Key game for both sides in the race for the title and a European spot, but Dundalk look too strong.

BETTING: St Pat's 9/5, Dundalk 6/4, draw 9/4

FORECAST: Dundalk win

Bohemians v Bray Wanderers (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Blow for Bray with David Cassidy, Dave Scully, Ismahil Akinade and Michael Barker suspended. Dave Mulcahy retutrns for Bohs but Steven Beattie (suspended), Anto Murphy and Dan Byrne are out for Bohs.

MATCH POINT: Spirited stuff from Bohs in Dundalk last week despite their defeat and they can earn their second win of the season over Bray.

BETTING: Bohs 4/9, Bray 13/2, draw 16/5

FORECAST: Bohs win

Cork City v Shamrock Rovers (Turner's Cross, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Sean O'Connor banned for Rovers. Michael Rafter, Michael McSweeney, John O'Flynn and Rob Lehane are concerns for City.

MATCH POINT: Successive draws have harmed Cork in their fading title bid and they'll have to settle for another draw here.

BETTING: Cork 6/4, Rovers 19/10, draw 21/10

FORECAST: Draw

Derry City v Sligo Rovers (Brandywell Stadium, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Gavin Peers is out for Sligo but Alan Keane and Danny Ledwith return, John Russell is a doubt. Danny Ventre, Rory Patterson and Patrick McEleney are concerns for City, Cliff Byrne has left the club.

MATCH POINT: Derry have failed to score in four of their last five league games and hard to see them winning here.

BETTING: Derry 17/10, Sligo 17/10, draw 21/10

FORECAST: Draw

Drogheda United v Athlone Town (United Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Test for the United squad with Gavin Brennan and Ciaran McGuigan banned. Athlone recall Eric Foley from suspension.

MATCH POINT: Three wins in a row is nice form from Drogheda and they can get another three points here.

BETTING: Drogheda 7/10, Athlone 15/4, draw 11/4

FORECAST: Drogheda win

UCD v Limerick (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: UCD without Mark Langtry and Tomas Boyle. Concerns for Limerick over Samuel Oji, Stephen Folan and Robbie Williams.

MATCH POINT: Limerick's form has tailed off but they can earn a win.

BETTING: UCD 31/10, Limerick 5/6, draw 13/5

FORECAST: Limerick win

TONIGHT: First Division

Waterford United v Shelbourne (RSC, 7.45)

BETTING: Waterford 11/2, Shels 1/2, draw 3/1

FORECAST: Shels win

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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