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Airtricity League Premier Division previews

Updated: Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 14:27 | Comments

The Louth derby gets underway at Oriel Park at 6pm
The Louth derby gets underway at Oriel Park at 6pm

Bray Wanderers v UCD, Carlisle Grounds, 3pm

This is another big game in the battle at the bottom of the table as basement side Bray Wanderers take on ninth place UCD.

Only five points separate the sides so there is considerable value in a win for either side.

Entertainment appears to be guaranteed as the sides haven’t played out a scoreless draw in their last 33 meetings and the previous 14 games have produced an average of 4.28 goals per game.

When they met at Belfield in June, Bray won 5-4 with striker Jason Byrne scoring four times and in March they drew 2-2.

Bray’s Dave Webster is suspended and Eoin Hyland (hamstring) is doubtful, but Dáire Doyle has recovered from the ankle injury which has kept him sidelined for the past three weeks.

Aymen Ben Mohamed remains UCD’s only absentee.

Dundalk v Drogheda United, Oriel Park, 6pm

Fifty years after the first Louth derby took place, the Wee County rivals clash for the 152nd time and it promises to be an absolute cracker between two in-form teams.

Dundalk lie second in the table and are on a run of five straight wins in the league, while Drogheda head up the M1 on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run in the league.

Dundalk have only won one of the last six meetings between the sides and only one of the last 20 meetings has ended scoreless.

Dundalk did come out on top when the sides met at Hunky Dory’s Park in June and the game in Oriel Park last March was a 2-2 draw.

Dundalk have striker Kurtis Byrne suspended but John Mountney (ankle) could return if he passes a late fitness test.

Drogheda’s Graham Rusk is definitely ruled out and Mick Daly (hamstring) and Paul O’Conor (back) are both rated as doubts.

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