Airtricity Premier Division round 11 preview: Contenders Sligo Rovers host champions Shamrock Rovers

There is a moutwatering contest at the Showgrounds on Saturday between the two sides considered to be the best in the country in another packed weekend of games
Airtricity Premier Division: Round 11 Preview

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Friday May 11
KO
Saturday May 12

Bohemians - Drogheda United 1945 Sligo Rovers - Shamrock Rovers 1345
Dundalk - Bray Wanderers 1945 12   
St.Patrick's Athletic - Cork City 1945 Tuesday May 15  
UCD - Shelbourne 1945 Monaghan Utd - Derry City  2000
       
       

Bohemians vs  Drogheda United
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma
Sexton
Byrne, Feely, McMillan, McNulty
Buckley, Martin, McMahon, Moore, Ward
Corcoran

 

Sava
Quigley, Prendergast, McNally, Grimes
Foley, Gannon, Brennan, O'Brien
Mulvenna, O'Brien

TEAM INFO
 
  • Owen Heary will be out with a hamstring injury picked up against Bray and winger Lee Dixon is out with a toe injury
  • Bohs have only won one of their four home league matches this season
  • The Dublin side reside ninth in the current table with 10 points
 
  • Drogs are at full strength for the contest
  • Louth side lost 3-1 at home to Sligo Rovers last week and will want to return to their earlier good form
  • Boss Mick Cooke expects a 'tough game' against Bohemians

 Dundalk  vs  Bray Wanderers 
 
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma
Cherrie
Byrne, Moutney, Burns, Osborne
Waters, Shiels, McDonnell, Shanahan
Rafter
, O'Neill

 
Roma
Quigley
Knight, O'Connor, Webster, Sweeney,
   Massey, Hanlon, Mulroy, Waters, Zambra
Byrne

TEAM INFO
 
  • Chris Shields returns after suspension but Luke Danville (ankle) is out 
  • Dundalk played well last week against Cork City but ultimately lost 3-2
  • Both matches at Oriel Park between the sides last season ended in draws
   
  • Shane O'Connor and Adam Mitchell are both back in contention after recent injuries
  • Seagulls have been in fine form recently with two wins and a draw in last three games
  • There has been an average of 3.2 goals in games featuring Bray this season

   St Patrick's Athletic  vs   Cork City 

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Clarke
O'Brien, Kenna, Browne, Bermingham
Bolger, Forrester, Kelly, Russell
Fagan
, Kelly

 
Roma
McNulty
Spillane, Murray, Murphy, Healy
O'Neill, Morrissey, Horgan, Duggan
Purcell, Sullivan
TEAM INFO
 
  • Pat’s continue without James Chambers (knee) while Mark Rossiter (knee) is also injured
  • Greg Bolger sits out the game as he serves a one-match ban having reached four yellow cards
  • Liam Buckley's team produced a superb display to defeat Derry City 2-0 last week at the Brandywell
   
  • Gavin Kavanagh is missing due to college exams while Dan Murray is a major doubt (stomach injury)
  • Eoghan Murphy has been added to the squad from the club’s double-winning under-19 side.
  • The Leesiders have started to pick up form with three wins from their last four games

   UCD vs   Shelbourne   

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

McGinley
Douglas, Nangle, O'Connor, Clarke
Benson, Langtry, Corry, Ledwith
Rusk, Morrison


 

Skinner
Boyle, Paisley, Matthews, Ryan
McGill, Cronin, Cassidy, Dawson, Kavanagh 
Hughes


TEAM INFO
 
  • UCD have doubts over Chris Mulhall (groin), Sean Russell (back), Ger Barron (foot) and Tomas Boyle (back)
  • Students left it late to steal a point against Shamrock Rovers last week
  • UCD have scored at least one goal in their last 11 home league matches
   
  • Shels operate once again minus Lorcan Fitzgerald and Stephen Hurley through injury but have no suspensions
  • Former Premier Division champions appear comfortable on their return to the top flight and reside fifth in the table
  • Visitors picked up three points against Monaghan United last week

 Sligo Rovers vs  Shamrock Rovers 

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma
Rogers
Keane, Ventre, Peers, Davoren
Lynch, Cawley, Dillon, Bocu, Cretaro
North
 
Roma
Jansson
McCormack, Gartland, Sives, Powell
McCabe, Turner, Rice, Dennehy 
Kavanagh, Twigg


TEAM INFO
 
  • Victory for the Bit O'Red would open up an eight-point gap between challengers Sligo and champions Shamrock Rovers
  • Rovers have lost just once at the Showgrounds in their last 19 league outings
  • Sligo won both matches against the Hoops at home last season in the league and cup
   
  • Hoops have drawn their last three but have suffered just one defeat this season
  • Stephen Kenny's team were booed off the pitch last week after squandering a two-goal lead against UCD
  • Victory for the Dublin side would put them within two points of the Bit O'Red

 Monaghan United 
vs  Derry City

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Schlingerman
Maher, McMahon, Reynor, Whelan
Marks, Bayly, Maher, Keegan
Murphy, Griffiths

 

Doherty
Madden, McCallion, McBride, McCaffrey      
McEleney, Molloy, McLaughlin, Higgins 
McDaid
, Patterson
TEAM INFO
  • Mons are rock bottom of the top flight with just five points from 10 games played
  • Keith Quinn will miss the game as a result of a suspension
  • When the sides last met in 2010 it was a 1-0 victory for Derry
   
  • Match will be Derry's second in four days as they play Crusaders in Setanta Cup Final on Saturday
  • Candystripes haven't won for six league games, drawing three and losing three
  • Manager Declan Devine is expected to make changes for this match to keep his squad fresh

James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* St Pat's to beat Cork City@ 8/11 (Paddy Power)

St Patrick's Athletic have been very impressive this season so far and they have an unbeaten record at Richmond Park which stretches back some 21 matches in the league. The 8/11 may seem short but with the numerous injuries Cork City have it should prove a winning selection.

Elsewhere, UCD have won seven out of their last 11 home league matches and they are traditionally undervalued by the layers. They got an excellent draw last week to Shamrock Rovers and at 6/4 on a draw no bet basis at home to Shelbourne, they certainly appeal.

James Darby is the founder of JD football betting and has been Goal.com's betting blogger since 2010. He is is a professional punter with a stock market background. You can visit his personal site here.

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