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Mick Cooke's men will hope to maintain their challenge for the title in the fiercely-contested Louth derby, while Shamrock Rovers face a trip to Turner's Cross to face Cork City

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Friday August 31

Cork City - Shamrock Rovers 1945 All kick off times in BST  
 Drogheda United - Dundalk  1945    
 UCD - Bray Wanderers  1945    
 Shelbourne - Derry City  1945    

Cork City  vs  Shamrock Rovers

Kavanagh, Murray, Turner, Healy
O'Neill, Morrissey, Dunleavy, Duggan
Purcell, Parker


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

  • Cork will be out for revenge after their FAI Cup defeat to Shamrock Rovers last week
  • Tommy Dunne's men have only lost three games at home all season
  • Danny Murphy, Vinny Sullivan and Mark McNulty are all suspended for the hosts
  • Shamrock Rovers are experiencing their best form of the season with five wins in the last six games in all competitions
  • Midfield lynchpin Chris Turner has left to club to join Dumbarton
  • These two clubs have met twice in the league already, drawing 1-1 in each game

Drogheda United   vs Dundalk

McNally, Prendergast, McMahon, Byrne
Foley, Hand, Brennan, Brady
Mulvenna, O'Brien



Foran, O'Brien, Shields, Osbourne
   Mountney, McDonnell, Shannon, Griffin
Rafter, Shanahan

  • The Drogs have won seven out of their last eight games at home in all competitions
  • Mick Cooke's men sit second in the league, nine points behind Sligo Rovers
  • This Louth derby will be fiercely contested and Drogheda will be looking to improve on their recent home record against Dundalk
  • Dundalk have improved recently, losing just twice in the last seven matches in all competitions
  • The Lilywhites still remain bottom of the table but have a game in hand on UCD
  • Dundalk have drawn in their last four visits to the Hunky Dorys stadium
UCD vs  Bray Wanderers


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


Seery, Knight, O'Connor, Massey
Mulroy, Waters, Doyle, Marshall
O'Connor, Houston

  • UCD are just one point above the bottom of the table
  • The Students have met Bray twice this season, losing on both occasions
  • Expect goals, as there were nine goals in the two games between the teams this season
  • Bray have been fairly solid recently, conceding just one goal in five games
  • They have pulled clear of the relegation fight and are six points ahead of UCD
  • Club top goalscorer and talisman Jason Byrne is suspended

vs Derry City



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


Barr, S. McEleney, McBride, Madden
Higgins, Molloy, P. McEleney, McNamee
McDaid, Murphy
  • There have been over 2.5 goals in the last five league games at Tolka Park
  • Stephen Paisley and Philly Gorman are both doubts for Shels
  • Shels have failed to win in their last five league games
  • The Candystripes have shown improved form recently, winning two out of their last three games
  • Derry are undefeated in their last seven away league games
  • Stewart Greacen is suspended, while Owen Morrison and Stephen McLaughlin are fitness doubts

James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Bray Wanderers to win @ 8/5

Bray Wanderers have developed into a mean machine, particularly away from home over the last couple of months. They have only conceded one goal in the last four away trips and all of those were much tougher than their trip to UCD. With a near full strength squad to choose from, Bray can get the better of UCD who have struggled for goals and wins all season at home.

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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