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Stephen Kenny's men host Shelbourne at Tallaght with the hope of maintaining a title charge, while St Pat's face Bohemians at Dalymount Park

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Friday September 7
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Bohemians - St Patrick's Athletic 1945 All kick off times in BST  
 Bray Wanderers - Drogheda United  1945    
Derry City - Cork City  1945    
 Dundalk - UCD  1945    
 Shamrock Rovers - Shelbourne  2000    

Bohemians
vs  St Patrick's Athletic
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma
McNulty
Pender, McMillan, Joyce, Lopez
Barker, Byrne, Mulcahy, Buckley
O'Connor, Corcoran
 
 
Murphy
O'Brien, Browne, Kenna, Bermingham
Carroll, Russell, Chambers
O'Connor, Fagan, Kelly
TEAM INFO
  • Bohemians are unbeaten in their last six matches at Dalymount Park
  • However, Bohs' away form has been poor and they have lost five of their last seven away games
  • Don't expect many goals. The last four games between these teams at this venue ended with under 2.5 goals.
 
  • St Pat's can move into second place by winning this game
  • Liam Buckley's men are unbeaten in 11 consecutive away league games
  • These two clubs have met twice in the league already, with the Saints winning and the other being a draw

Bray Wanderers vs Drogheda United
 
 
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma 
Quigley
Seery, Knight, O'Connor, Massey
Mulroy, Waters, Doyle, Marshall
O'Connor, Houston
 

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


TEAM INFO
 
  • Bray Wanderers suffered their first loss in six matches when they lost 3-1 to UCD last time out
  • Expect goals in this game. These two teams have shared 10 goals in their previous two meetings
  • The Seagulls' top goalscorer Jason Byrne is suspended
 
  • Drogheda remain second in the league despite losing their last two away games
  • The Drogs have beaten Bray Wanderers twice this season already
  • Gavin Brennan serves the final match ban of his suspension
Derry City vs  Cork City

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
 

Doherty
Barr, S. McEleney, McBride, Madden
Higgins, Molloy, P. McEleney, McNamee
McDaid, Murphy


 
Roma

McNulty
Kavanagh Murphy Murray Turner
O' Neill Morrissey O' Connell Duggan
Sullivan, Parker

TEAM INFO
  • Derry City ended their losing streak at the Brandywell with a 2-0 victory over Bohemians on August 17
  • The Candystripes have played Cork City twice this season, winning once and drawing once.
  • Declan Devine will be without centre back Stewart Greacen, who damaged his medial ligament
 
  • Cork have lost four out of their last five games in all competitions
  • Danny Murphy, Vinny Sullivan and Mark McNulty all return from suspension
  • Daryl Horgan, however, is suspended for this game

     Dundalk
vs UCD

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Roma 

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

 


Kelly
Langtry Nangle Leahy O'Connor
Kavanagh Clarke Lyons O'Conor
Benson, McMillan
TEAM INFO
  • Dundalk have recorded just one home win this season
  • This is a relegation six-pointer. A win for Dundalk would close the gap on UCD to one point
  • Barry Conlan is expected to make his debut
 
  • The Students can open up a gap of seven points over Dundalk with victory at Oriel Park
  • UCD have won three of their last five games
  • John Kelly, Graham Rusk, Chris Mulhall and Cillian Morrison miss out through injury
     Shamrock Rovers
vs Shelbourne

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Roma
Jansson
Sullivan, Hawkins, Sives, Powell
O'Neill, Finn, McCabe, Brennan
Twigg, Stewart

 


Bennion
Byrne, Paisley, Fitzgerald, Ryan
Cassidy, Kavanagh, Clancy, Cronin
Gorman, Hughes
TEAM INFO
  • Shamrock Rovers have won six out of their last seven matches in all competitions
  • Graham Gartland and Stephen O'Donnell are injured for the champions
  • Gary Twigg returns to the squad after serving a suspension
 
  • Shels will be without Gareth Matthews, Keith Dawson and Brian Shortall, who are suspended
  • Shelbourne have not won in their last six league games
  • Philly Gorman, Chris Bennion and Ian Ryan return from injury

James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Shamrock Rovers (-1) to win 6/5 Paddy Power

Although it is likely to be too late in their quest to retain the title, Shamrock Rovers have hit a rich vein of form. They have won six out of their last seven matches in all competitions and they meet a Shelbourne side who have polar opposite form.  Shamrock Rovers can heap more misery on Shelbourne by winning with ease here.

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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