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TONIGHT’S MATCHES

SSE Airtricity League
Premier Division

Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers 
(Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Sean Byrne is available for Athlone after a one-match ban. Alan Keane, Joesph Ndo, Gavin Peers and Raffaele Cretato remain absent for Sligo.

p MATCH POINT: Having leaked goals in the early phase of the season, Athlone have tightened up under new boss Keith Long (one goal conceded in the last two games) but this Sligo side are on form and can get the away win.

p BETTING: Athlone 9/1, Sligo 2/7, draw 17/4

p FORECAST: Sligo win

Dundalk v Drogheda United 
(Oriel Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Dundalk’s John Mountney joins Stephen O’Donnell on the injured list. Drogheda recall Paul McNally but Gavin Brennan is suspended.

p MATCH POINT: Relief for Drogheda last week as a win over Bohemians ended a five-game losing streak, the addition of Alan McNally to the panel will give steel to their defence but Dundalk have the potential to get an away win.

p BETTING: Dundalk 4/9, Drogheda 7/1, draw 3/1

p FORECAST: Dundalk win

Limerick v Cork City 
(Thomond Park, 7.45)

p TEAM NEWS: Samuel Oji returns for Limerick following suspension. Cork are still without Danny Morrissey, Michael Rafter, Darren Murphy and now Dan Murray.

p MATCH POINT: Limerick’s form at Thomond Park is dismal (1 win in 5) and the home record will be key in the short-term as they face into back to back home matches but this will be a struggle.

p BETTING: Limerick 7/2, Cork 3/4, draw 5/2

p FORECAST: Cork win

*Betting prices courtesy of Boylesports


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