Airtricity Premier Division: Round 28 preview - Sligo seek to stay on title path

Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda are in cup action this weekend while St Pat's are not in action either
Airtricity Premier Division: Round 28 Preview

Premier Division Section

Friday September 21

Bray Wanderers - Sligo Rovers 1905 All kick off times in BST  
 Bohemians - Cork City  1945    
Derry City - UCD  1945    
 Dundalk - Shelbourne  1945    

Bray Wanderers
vs  Sligo Rovers
Seery, Knight, O'Connor, Massey
Mulroy, Waters, Doyle, Marshall
O'Connor, Byrne

Conneely, McGuinness, Davoren, Keane
Millen, N'Do, Cawley, Ventre
Cretaro, Quigley

  • Bray Wanderers have only two home victories in the league all season
  • Bray's record against the top teams in the league is good this season. They drew away at Sligo Rovers and took four points from St Patrick's Athletic
  • Jason Byrne and Dean Zambra return from suspension
  • Sligo Rovers remain six points clear with a game in hand over second place Drogheda United
  • Sligo Rovers have only suffered one defeat all season, a surprising 1-0 loss to UCD
  • Gavin Peers is suspended

Bohemians vs Cork City
Feely, McMillan, Joyce, Lopez
Barker, Byrne, Mulcahy, Buckley
O'Connor, Corcoran

Kavanagh, Murphy, Murray, Spillane
O'Neill, Healy, O'Connell, Duggan
Sullivan, Parker
  • Bohemians sit in sixth place and have enjoyed a solid season
  • Bohs are unbeaten against Cork City this season with one win and a draw
  • They have only lost one home league match in seven
  • Derek Pender is suspended
  • The away form of Cork City has been impressive with just one defeat in the last nine on the road
  • Cork City lie in fifth place just one point ahead of Bohemians
  • Ian Turner and Gearoid Morrissey are suspended
Derry City vs  UCD

Barr, S. McEleney, Greacen, McCaffrey
Higgins, Molloy, P. McEleney, McNamee
McDaid, Farren

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

  • Derry City have endured a miserable time of it at the Brandywell losing seven out of their last nine in the league
  • The Candystripes defeated Mervue Utd 7-1 to make it to the semi finals of the FAI CUP last week
  • Simon Madden and Ryan McBride are suspended
  • UCD have moved into ninth place after impressive victories over Bray Wanderers, Dundalk, Cork City and Shelbourne
  • The away form of the Students has always been problematic with just two wins on the road in 19
  • Cillian Morrisson and Graham Rusk return

vs Shelbourne


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

Byrne, Paisley, Fitzgerald, Ryan
Cassidy, Kavanagh, Clancy, Cronin
Hughes, Gorman
  • Dundalk have only recorded one league win at home all season
  • Seven out of the last 10 matches at Oriel Park have gone under 2.5 goals
  • New signing Barry Conlan is a doubt
  • Shelbourne are undefeated in last four away matches
  • Shels sit in eighth place and have failed to win in their last eight matches
  • Anto Murphy is suspended

James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* Shelbourne win 7/5 - Paddy Power

Shelbourne have been in poor form of late but can get back to winning ways at Dundalk later. Their home form has been dreadful but they put in their best performances on the road. Dundalk have struggled to win any matches at home this season and should be opposed later.

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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