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Friday's Airtricity League Premier Division previews

Updated: Friday, 26 Jul 2013 18:17 | Comments

St Pat's could go six points clear at the top of the table should tonight's results go their way
St Pat's could go six points clear at the top of the table should tonight's results go their way

League leaders St Patrick's Athletic look to push further clear at the top of the table as they take on Cork City, while Bohs face Drogheda, Dundalk entertain Bray and UCD meet Shels.

Bohemians v Drogheda United

Having won for the first time in 11 games last week in Bray, Bohemians will now try to record back-to-back wins for the time in this league campaign when they face Drogheda United at Dalymount Park.

Caretaker boss Owen Heary, who masterminded last week’s victory, must plan without the suspended Derek Pender and Luke Byrne.

However, new signings Anto Murphy (pictured) and Shane Doran could feature.

Drogheda play their first competitive game in 12 days and Mick Cooke has some slight injury concerns with Alan Byrne, Alan McNally and Declan O'Brien all doubtful and Eric Foley still out.

Dundalk v Bray Wanderers

Five wins from their last six games at Oriel Park has helped propel Dundalk into second place, and they will be keen to keep that run going at home to Bray, whom they beat earlier in the season.

Dundalk have Richie Towell (pictured) and Andy Boyle back after suspension while John Mountney (ankle) is ruled.

Left-back Dane Massey (groin) is rated doubtful but Tiarnan Mulvenna (groin) returns)

Bray boss Pat Devlin and his assistant Eddie Wallace are both suspended as is Adam Mitchell, while defenders Danny O’Connor (Achilles) and Shane O’Connor (ankle) are injured.

Kevin O’Connor returns after serving his ban and new signing Stephen Quigley from Drogheda is added to the squad.

St Patrick's Athletic v Cork City

League leaders St Patrick’s Athletic look to extend their seven-game unbeaten run at home in the league when they face a Cork City side buoyed by recent good results at home.

Liam Buckley has a full squad to choose from with Anto Flood (pictured), Greg Bolger and Ian Bermingham back after missing the midweek EA Sports Cup defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

Cork goalkeeper Kevin Burns is ruled out with an arm injury sustained in training, while defenders Kevin Murray (groin) and Darren Dennehy (foot) plus John Kavanagh (family commitments) are also ruled out.

Midfielder Colin Healy (knee) is unlikely to be available while Adam Rundle (virus) and John Dunleavy (knee) are both doubtful as is Denis Behan (family commitments). Shane Duggan returns from suspension

UCD v Shelbourne

Having managed to string back to back wins together for the first time this season, Shelbourne travel across the capital to face UCD hoping to extend that run to three.

They have already won the two previous meetings this season in the league and Leinster Senior Cup and can draw level on 19 points with the College if they win.

UCD have injuries to Robbie Creevy (thigh) and Mick Leahy (Groin) while Shels have Paul Crowley and Gareth O'Connor out injured and Ian Ryan (pictured) and Graham Gartland suspended. However, Robert Bayly returns to action.

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