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The west coast side entertain closest challengers St Patrick's Athletic in this afternoon's crunch clash, seeking their first title since 1977

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Saturday October 13
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Sligo Rovers - St Patrick's Athletic 1545 All kick off times in BST  
 Dundalk - Bohemians  1900    
Shamrock Rovers - Derry City  1900    
 UCD - Drogheda United  1945    
 Shelbourne - Cork City  2000    

Sligo Rovers
vs  St Patrick's Athletic
PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Rogers
Conneely, McGuinness, Peers, Ventre
Lynch, N'Do, Cawley, Gaynor
 Millien, Quigley

 
 

Murphy
O'Brien, Browne, Kenna, Bermingham
Forrester, Bolger, Russell, Meenan
Kelly, Fagan

TEAM INFO

  • Sligo Rovers will win their first title since 1977 with victory over St Patrick's Athletic
  • The Bit O' Red have only lost one match all season, a surprise 1-0 reverse at UCD
  • Sligo Rovers have won their last five matches at home in the league
 
  • A win for Pat's would close the gap to three points with two games left
  • The Saints are unbeaten away from home all season in the league
  • Both matches between these two sides this season have ended in a draw

Dundalk
vs Bohemians
 
PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 Roma
Cherrie
Burns, Osbourne, Foran, Murphy
McDonnell, Shields, Rafter, Thomas
Conlan, Rafter  

 
Roma
McNulty
McMillan
, Barker, Pender, Byrne
Buckley
, Traynor, Ward, Moore
McEvoy
, Corcoran
TEAM INFO

  • Dundalk have lost seven out of the last eight matches in all competitions
  • Despite their troubles, the Louth club will be encouraged by their 1-0 FAI Cup victory over Bohemians in September
  • Dundalk sit bottom and have resigned themselves to a relegation play-off
 
  • Bohemians will travel to Dundalk in confidence after beating the bottom side twice already this season
  • Bohs have only won one match in their last nine in the league
  • Kevin Feely is suspended for the Dublin side
Shamrock Rovers
vs  Derry City

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 Roma
Jansson
Sullivan, Sives, Oman, Powell
Finn, McCabe, Brennan, Dennehy
Twigg, Kilduff
 


Doherty
McBride, Greacen, McCaffrey, McEleney
Deery, Higgins, Brolly, Molloy
Farren, Patterson  
TEAM INFO

  • Shamrock Rovers are finishing the season strongly and have scored 10 goals in the last two matches
  • Graham Gartland and Conor Winn are both out injured for the Hoops
  • Conor McCormack and Killian Brennan both face late fitness tests
 
  • Derry City secured their place in the FAI Cup final with a 3-0 replay win over Shelbourne this week
  • Declan Devine may make a number of changes to keep his squad fresh
  • This will be their third match in six days
  • Barry Molloy is an injury doubt for the Candystripes

     UCD
vs Drogheda United

PROBABLE LINE-UPS



Barron
Leahy, O'Conor, O' Connor, McCabe
Nangle, Ledwith, Douglas, Lyons
Benson, Clarke
 

Sava
Byrne, Gannon, Prendergast, McNally
S Brennan, Crowley, Marks, Brady
O'Brien, Mulvenna
TEAM INFO
  • UCD will be aiming to recover from their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of St Patrick's Athletic last time out
  • The Students have finished the season well, winning five out of their last eight matches
  • UCD are undefeated at home to Drogheda United on the last four occasions
 
  • Drogheda United are still in with a minor chance of winning the league but would need Sligo Rovers to lose all of their remaining matches
  • The Drogs have won five and lost two of their last seven away matches in the league
  • Eric Foley, Ryan Brennan and Gavin Brennan are all suspended for Drogheda United

Shelbourne
vs  Cork City
PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Bennion
Shortall, Ryan, Fitzgerald, Paisley
Cassidy, Cronin, Dawson, Hurley
Hughes, Gorman

 
Roma

McNulty
Dunleavy, Kavanagh, Murray, Murphy
Duggan, Morrissey, O'Neill, Horgan
Sullivan, Kenny
TEAM INFO

  • Shelbourne will be aiming to recover from their cup semi-final replay defeat to Derry City in midweek
  • Shels have lost eight out of their last 10 league matches at home
  • Gareth Mathews is suspended for the hosts
  • Ian Ryan and Paddy Kavanagh are unlikely to feature due to injury
 
  • Cork City have only lost one out of their last 10 away matches
  • Gearoid Morrissey returns from suspension for the Leesiders
  • Keigan Parker has left the club and returned to Scotland for personal reasons

James Darby's Bet of the weekend

* UCD draw no bet 6/4 - Paddy Power

Despite their defeat last week, UCD have finished the season well with five wins in their last eight matches. Drogheda United have a number of key players suspended for this match and look short at 11/10 to win. UCD are undefeated against Drogheda United at home on the last 4 occasions and they can be supported on a draw no bet basis at 6/4 to win 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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