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The champions will seek to address their faltering season by defeating Candystripes at the Brandywell, while Cork City host Shelbourne at Turner's Cross

Airtricity Premier Division: Round 20 Preview

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Friday July 27
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Drogheda - UCD 1945 all kick-off in BST  
Derry City - Shamrock Rovers 1945    
Cork City - Shelbourne 1945    
Bohemians - Dundalk 1945    
Drogheda vs   UCD
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Sava
McNally, Prendergast, Hand, McMahon
Foley, Crowley, Byrne, Brennan
O'Brien, Hynes

 


McGinley
Clarke, Douglas, O'Connor, Leahy
McMillan, O'Conor, Corry, Benson, Ledwith
Lyons
TEAM INFO
  • Drogheda are just four points off the top after their last-gasp away win against Shelbourne last week
  • Ryan and Gavin Brennan are suspended for this match
  • Brian Gannon is once again available after injury
 
  • UCD put in an excellent performance last week to draw 1-1 with title challengers St Pat's
  • There are doubts over Gerrard Barron, Chris Mulhall and Graham Rusk
  • The Students have failed to win in any of their last 15 away games.
 Derry City
vs   Shamrock Rovers
PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Doherty
Madden, McEleney, McBride, McCaffrey    
McLaughlin, Higgins, Molloy, Morrison 
McDaid
, McEleney

 
Roma

Jansson
Sullivan, Oman, Sives, Powell
   Brennan, Finn, Turner, Dennehy
Kavanagh, Twigg

TEAM INFO
  • Derry have lost three consecutive games at the Brandywell
  • Candystripe veteran Eddie McCallion is leaving the club to join Irish League side Glenavon
  • Influential players Stewart Greacen, Rory Patterson and club captain Kevin Deery remain sidelined with injuries
 
  • Shamrock Rover boss Stephen Kenny is under huge pressure to get a result following his side's Champions League elimination
  • Hoops top scorer and captain Gary Twigg returns from suspension
  • Shamrock Rovers have won just three of their last 13 league games
 Cork City
vs Shelbourne
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
Roma 

McNulty
Healy, Murphy, Kavanagh, Dunleavy
O'Neill, Turner, Morrissey, Horgan, Spillane
Sullivan

 


Bennion
Hurley, Fitzgerald, Shortall, Matthews
Cassidy, Dawson, Sullivan, Kavanagh
Gorman, Hughes

TEAM INFO
  • Cork City extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches with a 2-2 draw away to Sligo Rovers
  • Tommy Dunne's men won against Shelbourne 2-1 at Tolka Park
  • Gavin Kavanagh and Shane O'Neill are doubts
 
  • Shelbourne suffered a last-minute defeat to Drogheda United as they lost 2-1 at home
  • Despite the last minute defeat, overall, Shels have had a good season, sitting fifth in the league
  • Stephen Paisley is suspended after his red card last week
 Bohemians vs Dundalk
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Roma

Sexton
Pender, Heary, McMillan, Feely
Moore, McEvoy, Buckley
Martin, Wilson, McEvoy
 
Roma

Cherrie
Foran, Shields, Murphy, McLaughlin
Waters, Mountney, McDonnell, Rafter
Griffin, Shanahan
 

TEAM INFO
 
  • Bohemians will be fully energised after having a rest last week
  • Bohs are undefeated in five out of their last six league games
  • Bohs won the last fixture against Dundalk at Oriel Park, with a scoreline of 2-1
 
  • Dundalk recorded back-to-back 1-1 draws when they drew with Derry City last week
  • Interim manager Darius Kierans has been happy with the spirit shown by his players as they continue their relegation battle
  • Shane O'Neill and Luke Danville have both left the club by mutual consent
 
James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Bohemians to score two or more goals - evens 20/20

Dundalk are in a real battle for survival and face a tough trip to Bohemians this week. The Louth club have a number of injury worries and several players have left the club this week. The 8/11 on a home win for Bohemians may not appeal much but you can get an extra return by backing Bohs to score two or more goals at evens

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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