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Monday 20 August 2018

League of Ireland Preview

TONIGHT: Premier Division

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers (Hunky Dorys Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Problems for Drogheda as Gavin Brennan, Alan McNally and Tiarnan Mulvenna are suspended. Full squad for Sligo as Danny Ventre returns from suspension.

p MATCH POINT: It's seven games without a win now for Drogheda but their big problem is at the back, 18 goals conceded in the last 7, and Sligo should exploit that here.

p BETTING: Drogheda 15/2, Sligo 2/7, draw 7/2

p FORECAST: Sligo win

Dundalk v St Patrick's Athletic (Oriel Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Stephen McDonnell is back in the Dundalk squad but manager Ian Foster is still missing a lot of bodies, with Mark Griffin likely to miss this one. No injury worries for Pats.

p MATCH POINT: Dundalk's season effectively ended with Tuesday's FAI Cup defeat to Boha and Ian Foster's side are now just seeing out the season, while Pats know that a win here would really set them up for their next game, away to Bohs.

p BETTING: Dundalk 21/10, Pats 11/10, draw 11/5

p FORECAST: Pats win

Galway United v Bohemian FC (Terryland Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Galway are missing Johnny Keane, Victor Collins, Jin Gu Kim and Eric Holland. Bohs have a full squad with Ollie Cahill fit again, though Bohs boss Pat Fenlon (pictured) may change things after a tired-looking display against Dundalk in midweek.

p MATCH POINT: Galway's last win was 28 games ago, away to Bohs, and while United's new boss John Brennan has injected some life into the squad, Bohs look good for the points here.

p BETTING: Galway 10/1, Bohs 1/6, draw 5/1

p FORECAST: Bohs win

TONIGHT: First Division

Limerick v Wexford Youths (Jackman Park, 7.45)

p BETTING: Limerick 1/9, Wexford 12/1, draw 13/2

p FORECAST: Limerick win

Monaghan United v Longford Town (Gortakeegan, 8.0)

p BETTING: Monaghan 1/3, Longford 15/2, draw 3/1

p FORECAST: Monaghan win

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- AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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