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Mick Cooke's Drogs will host the champions at Hunky Dorys Park, while St Pat's host Bray Wanderers as they try to revive their own title challenge

Airtricity Premier Division: Round 23 Preview

Premier Division Section

Friday August 17
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Drogheda United - Shamrock Rovers 1945 St Patrick's Athletic - Bray Wanderers 1945
Derry City - Bohemians 1945  Shelbourne - Sligo Rovers 1945
UCD - Cork City 1945  all kick-off in BST  
Drogheda United vs   Shamrock Rovers
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Sava
McNally, Prendergast, Gannon, Byrne
Foley, Brennan, Hand, Marks, Brennan
O'Brien
 
Roma

Jansson
Gilbert, Hawkins, Sives, Powell
   Brennan, Finn, McCabe, Dennehy
Twigg, O'Neill


TEAM INFO
  • Drogheda United are very much in the title race, being just two points behind league leaders Sligo Rovers
  • The Drogs have played Shamrock Rovers twice this season, losing twice
  • Conor McMahon is suspended for the fixture
 
  • Shamrock Rovers must win this game in order to stay in contention for the title
  • The champions are without Aaron Greene, Brian Gartland and Stephen O'Donnell
  • Shamrock Rovers have improved in recent weeks, with three wins in four games in all competitions
 Derry City
vs   Bohemians
PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Doherty
Madden, McEleney, Greacen, McCaffrey
Morrison, Molloy, Higgins, McDaid
Murphy, Farren

 
Roma

McNulty
Heary, McMillan, Byrne, Feely
Mulcahy, McEvoy, Wilson
Ward, McMahon, Corcoran
TEAM INFO
  • Derry have lost seven out of the last nine matches at home in all competitions
  • The Candystripes currently sit in seventh position in the league
  • There are doubts over Stephen McLaughlin, Patrick McEleney and Rory Patterson
 
  • Bohemians have improved after a slow start and find themselves in fifth position
  • Karl Moore and David Scully are both suspended
  • Kevin Feely is a doubt and new signing Ken Carr is included
 UCD
vs Cork City
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
 

Kelly
Langtry, Nangle, O'Connor, Leahy
Kavanagh, Clarke, Lyons, O'Conor
Benson, McMillan
 
Roma

McNulty
Kavanagh, Murray, Murphy, Healy
   Dunleavy, Duggan, Morrissey, O'Neill
Sullivan, Parker

TEAM INFO
  • UCD will hope to build on their win against Shelbourne last week
  • The Students are missing several key players through injury
  • Recent Ireland under-21 call-up Paul Corry is suspended
 
  • Cork City's long unbeaten run came to an end at the start of the week against St Patrick's Athletic
  • Colin Healy, Neal Horgan and Graham McCarthy are doubts
  • New signing Keigan Parker returns from suspension
 St Patrick's Athletic
vs Bray Wanderers
PROBABLE LINE-UPS



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

Quigley
Seery, O'Connor, Knight, Massey
Mulroy, Waters, Kelly, Hanlon, O'Connor
Byrne
 

TEAM INFO
 
  • St Pat's recently recorded an excellent win over Cork to keep themselves in the title race
  • The Saints will hope to go one better than their previous result against Bray - a 3-3 draw.
  • Jake Carroll returns from suspension, but John Russell faces a fitness test
 
  • Bray have not won in eight games in all competitions
  • The Seagulls have been formidable away from home this season, drawing with Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers
  • The talismanic Kieran 'Marty' Waters returns from suspension
 Shelbourne
vs Sligo Rovers
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
 

Bennion
Boyle, Fitzgerald, Shortall, Matthews
Cassidy, Dawson, Hurley, Kavanagh
Gorman, Hughes
 
Roma
Rogers
Keane, McGuinness, Peers, Conneely
   Lynch, Ndo, Ventre, Cawley, Millien
Quigley

TEAM INFO
  • Shelbourne have lost five out of their last six home games
  • They have managed to score in every home game this season
  • There are no injury concerns for the Tolka Park club
 
  • David Cawley returns from suspension
  • New signing, striker Liam Buchanan is awaiting international clearance
  • The Bit O'Red can extend the gap at the top of the table with a win
 
James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Sligo Rovers to win 5/6


Sligo Rovers can count themselves unlucky not to have come away from Tallaght with three points on Monday, especially after dominating the first half. Shelbourne have lost five out of their last six matches at home and are likely to lose this one too.

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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