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Airtricity League Premier Division preview: Sligo look to close gap on Saints

Updated: Monday, 30 Sep 2013 07:22 | Comments

Champions Sligo host Cork at The Showgrounds
Champions Sligo host Cork at The Showgrounds

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Sligo Rovers can close the gap on Airtricity League Premier Division leaders St Patrick’s Athletic to two points if they beat Cork City this evening at The Showgrounds (7.45pm).

That game is one of five in Series 30 of the Premier Division campaign down for decision this evening with Sligo, who have now gone 588 minutes without conceding a goal at The Showgrounds, facing a Cork City side that have won four of their last five league games.

St Patrick’s game in Series 30 away in UCD doesn’t take place until Friday evening.

Both Sligo and Dundalk can guarantee their places in Europe next season with home wins.

Third place Dundalk face fourth place Derry City at Oriel Park and victory will also ensure that the Lilywhites finish in the top three for the first time since they won the League title in 1995.

A Dundalk win would mean that fifth place Shamrock Rovers could leap-frog over Derry into fourth spot with a win over Bray Wanderers at Tallaght Stadium (8pm).

The Hoops go into the game on the back of an eight game unbeaten run against the Seagulls, who have failed to register a win in their last nine games.

Limerick, who are looking for their third win in seven days, host a Bohemians side that is also looking for a third consecutive victory after recent wins over Shelbourne and Derry City.

Indeed, if Bohs win and Shelbourne lose to Drogheda United at Tolka Park, then the Gypsies will have avoided automatic relegation by ensuring they cannot finish bottom of the Premier Division.

A Bohs win, coupled with defeats for Shelbourne and Bray, would ensure Premier Division safety for the Dalymount Park side.

Premier Division

Dundalk v Derry City, Oriel Park, 7.45pm

Limerick v Bohemians, Thomond Park, 7.45pm

Sligo Rovers v Cork City, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Shamrock Rovers v Bray Wanderers, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

Shelbourne v Drogheda United, Tolka Park, 8pm

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