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Saturday 18 August 2018

Airtricity League Fixtrues

EBohemians v Dundalk (Dalymount Park, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Keeper Barry Murphy remains a doubt for Bohs but Ger O'Brien returns to the squad. Greg Bolger returns from suspension for Dundalk but they have squad worries with Keith Ward suspended and the quintet of Eoghan Osborne, Stephen McDonnell, Stephen Maher, Paul Murphy and Chris Kerr all out.

MATCH POINT: Bohs are finding some form but they have struggled against Dundalk this season, winning just once in three meetings, but the home side should edge this ahead of the clubs' second game, in the FAI Cup, on Friday.

BETTING: Bohs 4/6, Dundalk 7/2, draw 12/5

FORECAST: Bohs win

Derry City v Drogheda United (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Full squad for Derry, bar the injured Michael McCrudden. Lee Lynch and Alan McNally are concerns for United.

MATCH POINT: Derry showed resilience by coming from behind to beat UCD at home to Friday and this should be another home win.

BETTING: Derry 1/7, Drogheda 11/1, draw 11/2

FORECAST: Derry win

UCD v Galway United (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Michael Leahy comes back into the UCD squad after a ban but Sean Harding is suspended while Graham Rusk and Ciaran Nangle are injured. Galway begin life without Sean Connor as manager but have squad problems as Jonathan Keane, Victor Collins, Jin Gu Kim and Eric Holland are all out while Stephen Walsh, Laurence Gaughan and Sean Kelly are doubts.

MATCH POINT: Galway finally ended their run of 22 straight league defeats with that draw at home to Dundalk on Friday and that will boost confidence for the trip to Dublin, draw here.

BETTING: UCD 2/7, Galway 15/2, draw 7/2

FORECAST: Draw

Sligo Rovers v Bray Wanderers (Showgrounds, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: One injury worry for Sligo as U21 cap Aaron Greene is out. Bray recall Adam Mitchell, Danny O'Connor and Stephen Last from suspension.

MATCH POINT: Sligo looked like a very hungry side away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday so expect no slip-ups here.

BETTING: Sligo 2/11, Bray 11/1, draw 9/2. p FORECAST: Sligo win

St Patrick's Athletic v Shamrock Rovers (Richmond Park, 8.0)

TEAM NEWS: David McMillan and Derek Doyle are injured for the home side, while Rovers travel without the suspended Pat Sullivan and Pat Flynn, as well as the injured Dean Kelly, Ken Oman and Conor McCormack while Ryan Thompson and Gary Twigg are doubts.

MATCH POINT: Friday's battle at home to Sligo was costly for Rovers as two red cards sees two defenders suspended here. Pats are on form, 12 goals scored in the last 3 games and they should get a draw here.

BETTING: Pats 7/4, Rovers 7/5, draw 9/4. p FORECAST: Draw

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