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Saturday 19 January 2019

League of Ireland previews

TONIGHT: Premier Division

Bohemians v St Pat's Ath (Dalymount Pk, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Defender Liam Burns missed out again due to injury but Owen Heary could be fit to play for the home side. St Pats could start Ian Daly up front again after he impressed in last week's win over Dundalk but Dave McMillan is a doubt.

MATCH POINT: Must-win game for both sides as a draw here would effectively rule the two clubs out of the title race, but with so much at stake the teams are likely to cancel each other out, resulting in a stalemate.

BETTING: Bohs 15/8, Pats 11/8, draw 11/5.

FORECAST: Draw.

Derry City v Bray Wanderers (Brandywell, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Shane McEleney and Barry Molloy are suspended for City while Eddie McCallion is a doubt. Bray also have suspension worries with Shane O'Connor serving a one-match ban and Chris Shiels is a doubt.

MATCH POINT: With Sligo and Shamrock Rovers not in action until later this weekend it's a real chance for Derry to make some headway.

BETTING: Derry 2/11, Bray 11/1, draw 11/2.

FORECAST: Derry win.

UCD v Dundalk (UCD Bowl, 7.45)

TEAM NEWS: Robbie Creevy is a concern for UCD, who may continue with Mark McGinley in goal. Dundalk are definitely without the suspended Mark Quigley, while Dean Bennett and Mark Griffin are doubts, but there was a boost last week when Stephen McDonnell played his first game since May.

MATCH POINT: Dundalk seem to be in freefall while UCD looked very impressive against Bohs on Monday.

BETTING: 11/4, Dundalk 10/11, draw 12/5.

FORECAST: UCD win.

TONIGHT: First Division

Cork City v Finn Harps (Turner's Cross, 7.45)

BETTING: Cork 2/7, Harps 8/1, draw 10/3.

FORECAST: Cork win.

Mervue United v Limerick FC (Fahy's Field, 7.45)

BETTING: Mervue 5/1, Limerick 1/2, draw 5/2.

FORECAST: Limerick win.

Shelbourne v Monaghan United (Tolka Park, 7.45)

BETTING: Shels 5/6, Monaghan 11/4, draw 23/10.

FORECAST: Draw.

Wexford Youths v Athlone Town (Ferrycarrig Park, 8.0)

BETTING: Wexford 7/4, Athlone 5/4, draw 9/4.

FORECAST: Athlone win.

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