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Friday's Airtricity Premier Division previews

Updated: Friday, 20 Sep 2013 08:52 | Comments

Killian Brennan faces a late fitness test for St Pat's
Killian Brennan faces a late fitness test for St Pat's

The top two in the Airtricity League Premier Division clash this evening when leaders St Patrick’s Athletic host second place Dundalk with only goal difference separating the teams.

St. Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk (Live on RTE Two)
With only goal difference separating the top two sides at present and just six games to go this promises to be a cracker.

Dundalk hold the edge having twice beaten St Pat’s this season and appear to have the momentum having won seven of their last eight league games.

St Pat’s left back Ian Bermingham is set to make his 150th appearance for the Saints who are without Greg Bolger (suspended) and Stephen Maher (broken leg).

Midfielders Killian Brennan and Shane McFaul face late fitness tests on injuries sustained in last week’s FAI Ford Cup defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

Dundalk have Darren Meenan and Chris Shiels suspended but captain Stephen O’Donnell and Dane Massey return after serving their bans.

Derry City v Bray Wanderers

Both teams recent form hasn’t been good and while Derry are still in the hunt for European football, Bray will be hoping to climb out of the relegation zone.

Derry have lost their last three league games while Bray have recorded just one win in their last 12 league outings.

The two previous meetings have both ended in wins for Derry and they are unbeaten in their last 13 games against the Seagulls.

However, the Candystripes will be without Barry McNamee and Ryan McBride through suspension, while Stewart Greacen (knee), Kevin Deery (knee) and Tomas Crawley (groin) are injured and Sean Houston (ankle) Dean Jarvis (knee) and Patrick McEleney (foot) are all doubtful.

Club captain Danny O'Connor (knee) is Bray's only injury doubt while Eoin Hyland (hamstring) returns.

Shelbourne v Bohemians

While most eyes will be on the top of the table clash across the city there will be plenty of interest in this Northside derby as both teams are currently involved in the relegation dog-fight.

The previous two games ended in a 1-0 win for Bohs at Tolka and a 3-0 victory for Shels at Dalymount.

Shelbourne are still without long term absentees Paul Crowley, Brian Shortall, Mark Leech and Jack Memery and they are joined in the stands by Robert Bayly (knee).

Robert Cornwall is suspended but Lee Murphy and Jamie McGlynn return having been cup-tied for the Dundalk game.

Bohs recent signing Neil Yadolahi has now reached full match fitness and is available for selection while Bobby Brown has joined the club as first-team manager on a short-term arrangement.

UCD v Sligo Rovers

Having won the previous two games UCD this season by three goal margins, and won 12 of their last 14 games against the College, third place Sligo Rovers will be hoping to take all three points and stay on the tails of the two leaders.

The Students are without the injured Aymen Ben Mohammed and Tomas Boyle.

Sligo have Raffaele Cretaro suspended but Kieran Djilali returns from a one-game ban. Evan McMillan and Ross Gaynor (both knee) have returned to training this week but are unlikely to feature.

Rovers boss Ian Baraclough is taking nothing for granted against a side that handed Sligo their first defeat of the season back in May.

"We have to set our stall out correctly. We went there earlier in the season and managed a good win but it was hard fought. It will be even more difficult this time around so to come away with a victory in this game will require just as much effort and application," he said.

Live television coverage of St Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk from 19:30 on Friday 20 September on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide excluding GB & NI). Highlights and analysis of all the weekend’s action on MNS from 7pm on Monday 23 September on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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