St.Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers 19.35pm, Richmond Park, Friday, 23rd April
St.Pat’s go into this game on the back of trashing Bray 4-0 during the week and will be looking to enhance their title credentials with a victory over a Sligo side who have got their season off to a solid start. Sligo have had a long break from the league after the postponement of their home tie against UCD and a series of fixtures in the Setanta Cup. Sligo’s last outing saw them beat Bray 3-2 in the Carlisle Grounds.
Prediction : A close encounter which I can see St.Pat’s winning. 2 – 1
Dundalk v Bohemians 19.45pm, Oriel Park, Friday, 23rd April
A tight match up is in prospect here between the current Champions and one of the teams who are trying to take that title. Iain Foster has got Dundalk off to a fantastic start since taking over the managerial post in the close season. Bohemians will look to build on their Setanta Cup victory during the week to dampen the memories of their last two league defeats, whereas, Dundalk will be looking to continue their great start to the season and prove they can challenge for top honours.
Prediction : Another close encounter between two very capable sides, difficult to call. I reckon Bohs might just scrape it. 1-0 Bohs.
Galway United v Drogheda United 19.45pm, Terryland Park, Friday, 23rd April
Galway will be hoping to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Dundalk which followed a fantastic victory over Bohemians. Sean Connor will be looking to beat a Drogheda side who has been very inconsistent this season. The Drogs suffered a 2-0 defeat to UCD last time out and will be hoping for a better showing in Galway. Both teams will be looking to get some points on the board to avoid a relegation scrap come the end of the season.
Prediction : Galway will use their home advantage to secure a victory. 2-0.
Shamrock Rovers v Bray Wanderers 20.00pm, Tallaght Stadium, Friday, 23rd April
Shamrock Rovers have got over their early season slump and have firmly put themselves in the title race now. The return of Gary Twigg has seen spirits lifted at Tallaght Stadium, where early season form had lead to disarray amongst The Hoops faithful. Bray have become the whipping boys of the League of Ireland this season and will be looking to record their first victory of the season at the expense of Rovers.
Prediction : Rovers should have enough to see off an average Bray outfit. 2-0.
The Betting Zone
NAP : Over 2.5 goals in the St.Pat’s v Sligo game @ 5/4
NB : Draw/Bohemians HT/FT @ 4/1
Anytime Goalscorers : Killian Brennan @ 4/1, Karl Sheppard @ 17/10, Conor Kenna @ 10/1
Accum : 11/1