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In-form Drogs travel to Tolka Park to lock horns with Shelbourne, while Cork City make their first trip to the Showgrounds since 2009 to take on Sligo Rovers

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Friday July 20
Sunday July 22
Dundalk - Derry 1945 UCD - St Patrick's Athletic  1500
Shamrock Rovers - Bray Wanderers (TV) 1905  Sligo Rovers - Cork City 1900
Shelbourne - Drogheda 2000 all kick-off in BST   
Dundalk vs   Derry City
McLaughlin, Foran, Burns, Murphy
Walsh, Shields, McDonnell, Mountney
Griffin, Shanahan

McCallion, McBride, McEleney, McCaffrey
Morrison, Molloy, McEleney, Brolly
Murphy, McDaid

  • Dundalk continued their battle against relegation with a hard-fought draw with Shamrock Rovers last week
  • It was Lilywhites' fifth home point this season, but there have been signs of improvement
  • Luke Danville, Conor McDonald and Eoghan Osbourne are missing
  • Derry are unbeaten in five away league matches and save their best performances for the road
  • Their overall form, however, has been erratic, as they lost 2-1 at home to Sligo last week
  • Ruaidhri Higgins is suspended for the tie
 Shamrock Rovers 
vs   Bray Wanderers


Sullivan, Oman, Sives, Powell
   Brennan, Finn, McCabe, Dennehy
Kavanagh, O'Neill


Seery, O'Connor, Knight, Massey
   Mulroy, Kelly, Hanlon, O'Connor , Zambra

  • It is a busy period for the champions, who recently drew 0-0 with FK Ekranas in the Champions League
  • The Hoops have drawn three and lost one of their last four games in all competitions
  • Top goalscorer Gary Twigg is suspended for the game
  • Bray have had just one win in 10 matches in all competitions
  • The Seagulls have conceded in every away match this season except one - a 2-0 victory over Dundalk
  • Talisman Kieran Marty Waters is suspended for this game
 Shelbourne vs Drogheda United 

Boyle, Fitzgerald, Shortall, Matthews
Cassidy, Dawson, Hurley, Kavanagh
Gorman, Hughes

McNally, Prendergast, Byrne, McMahon
Foley, Crowley, Hand, Brennan
O'Brien, Mulvenna
  • Shelbourne have scored seven goals in their last two games
  • They have managed to score in every home league and cup match this season, so a goal should be on the cards
  • Barry Clancy is suspended
  • Drogheda leapfrogged St Pat's into second place with a 2-0 away victory last week
  • The Drogs have suffered just one away defeat all season and have been in magnificent form
  • Ryan Brennan is suspended for this game
 UCD vs St Patrick's Athletic

Langtry, Nangle, O'Connor, Leahy
Morrison, Clarke, Mulhall, O'Conor
Corry, Benson

O'Brien, Price, Browne, Bermingham
Forrester, Bolger, Chambers 
Carroll, Kelly, O'Flynn 

  • Bottom-of-the-table UCD will hope that they can capitalise on the fact that St Pat's are in a busy period of games
  • The Students have only scored 14 goals in 16 league games, a lack of proficiency in front of goal has cost them
  • UCD defeated the Saints 2-1 the last time they played at the Belfield Bowl
  • Liam Buckley's men forged a credible 1-1 result in Europe on Thursday against Siroki Brijeg, but the European 'hangover' could affect them
  • The busy schedule means that there are likely to be changes within the squad
  • The Saints will look to get their domestic challenge back underway after slipping up at home to Drogheda
Sligo Rovers 
vs   Cork City    

Conneely, Peers, McGuinness, Gaynor
Lynch, Boco, Ventre, N'Do, Cretaro
North, Quigley


Healy, Spillane, Turner, Murphy
Dunleavy, Morrissey, Duggan, Horgan
Sullivan, Morrissey

  • Sligo suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat in Slovakia against Spartak Trnava in the Europa League on Thursday
  • In the league, however, they continued their form with an away victory over Derry City
  • Iarfhlaith Davoren is suspended
  • Cork are unbeaten in their last five away matches and in their last 10 games in all competitions
  • The fixture marks the Rebel Army's first match at the Showgounds since 2009, when they ran out 3-0 victors
  • Despite their form, Tommy Dunne's team find themselves eighth in the league
James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Drogheda United to win against Shelbourne (draw no bet 10/11)

Layers continue to underestimate Mick Cooke's Drogheda United and their opening price of 11/5 to beat Shelbourne raised a few eyebrows in the industry.

Unsurprisingly they have been cut to 13/8 by Paddypower as they have come in for some support during the week.

You can still find them at 10/11 on a draw no bet basis and it is a more accurate reflection of their chances at Tolka Park on Friday night. Stake returned in the event of a draw.

James Darby is the founder of JD football betting and has been'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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