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The Candystripes play host to Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell on Friday evening while financially-stricken Dundalk face a tough task when they host Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park

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Friday July 13
KO
Sunday July 15
KO
Derry City - Sligo Rovers (TV) 1905 Bohemians - UCD  1500
Bray Wanderers - Shelbourne 1945  St Patrick's Athletic - Drogheda 1500
Dundalk - Shamrock Rovers 1945 all kick-off in BST   
 Derry City vs   Sligo Rovers 
PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Doherty
McCallion, McBride, McEleney, McCaffrey
McEleney, Molloy, Higgins, Morrison
McDaid, Murphy
 

Roma


Rogers
Keane, McGuinness, Peers, Davoren
Gaynor, N'Do, Ventre, Cawley, Cretaro
Quigley


TEAM INFO
  • Derry got back to form with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over UCD last week
  • The Candystripes have lost four out of their last five home games in the league
  • Stewart Greacen, Kevin Deery, Mark Farren and Rory Patterson are injured, while Simon Madden and Stephen McLaughlin miss out due to suspension
 
  • Sligo slipped up last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Bray Wanderers at home
  • Sligo defeated Derry 4-0 in the EA Sports Cup quarter final last month
  • The Bit O'Red top goalscorer Danny North is suspended
 Bray Wanderers 
vs   Shelbourne
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Roma


Quigley

Hurley, O'Connor, Knight, Massey
   Waters, Hanlon, O'Connor , Zambra
Byrne, Mulroy

 


Delany
Boyle, Fitzgerald, Paisley, Shortall
Cassidy, Dawson, McGill, Kavanagh
Byrne, Hughes
TEAM INFO
 
  • Bray ended their losing streak with a 1-1 away draw to league leaders Sligo
  • The Seagulls are without Dave Webster and Sean Heuston
  • Danny O'Connor and Adam Mitchell are suspended
   
  • Shels enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over Dundalk last week
  • The Tolka Park side have won four and lost six of their last 10 league games
  • Barry Clancy is suspended, while Ian Ryan and Glenn Cronin are injured
 Dundalk vs Shamrock Rovers  
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
Roma 

Cherrie
Foran, McLaughlin, Burns, Osborne
Murphy, Mountney, McDonnell, Walsh
Rafter, Shanahan

 
Roma

Jansson
Gilbert, Sives, Oman, Powell
McCabe, McCormack, Rice, Dennehy
Twigg, O'Neill
TEAM INFO
 
  • Crisis club Dundalk have only won one game at Oriel Park this season
  • Ger Hanley and Luke Danville miss out through injury, while doubts remain over Conor McDonald and Michael Rafter
  • Peter Thomas is suspended for the Louth club
  • Manager Sean McCaffrey left this week by mutual consent
 
  • Shamrock Rovers will be expected to record their second away win in seven league games
  • The Hoops conceded a late equaliser against rivals St Pat's last week
  • Graham Gartland is suspended, while Aaron Greene is injured
  Bohemians vs UCD 
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Roma

Sexton
Pender, Heary, McMillan, Byrne
Moore, McEvoy, Martin, Joyce, Buckley
Scully
 


Kelly
Langtry, Nangle, O'Connor, Leahy
Morrison, Clarke, Mulhall, O'Conor
Corry, Benson
TEAM INFO
 
  • Bohs come into the match on the back of a disappointing 5-1 Europa League loss to Thor
  • A much-changed side earned a creditable 1-1 draw with Cork City at Turner's Cross last week
  • The Gypsies have conceded 16 and scored 16 in their 16 league games
 
  • UCD lie bottom of the table with only 10 points and went down 1-0 to Derry City last week
  • The Students have won just one game on the road since March 2011
  • They have a poor goalscoring record, with just 14 goals in 15 league games
St Patrick's Athletic 
vs   Drogheda    
PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Clarke
Bermingham, Kenna, Browne, O'Brien
Bolger, Carroll, Russell
Fagan, Flood, O'Connor  

 

Sava
McMahon, McNally, Prendergast, Gannon
 Brennan, Crowly, Brennan, Brennan
Hynes, O'Brien

TEAM INFO

  • St Pat's can open up a gap of five points on Drogs with a win at Richmond Park
  • The Saints have won their last three games at home to Drogheda without conceding a goal
  • John Russell is suspended for the hosts
 
  • Drogs come into this game well rested with no game last week and unbeaten in six games in all competitions
  • Mick Cook's men will look to close the gap on St Pat's with a good result
  • Eric Foley and Stephen Quigley are suspended
 
James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Drogheda United to win or draw with St Pat's @ 11/10

Only a couple of points separate St Pat's and Drogheda and with the Saints in the middle of a busy schedule with Europa League fixtures, including a trip to Iceland midweek, the Drogs can capitalise.

The Louth club are well rested and have been in terrific form. St Pat's are too short at 4/6 to back and are worth laying.

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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