Bray Wanderers v Waterford, Carlisle Grounds, 7:45pm

It's not getting any easier for Bray Wanderers after a 5-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers last week. However, it's a welcome return to the Carlisle Grounds and it wasn't too long ago they snuck a 2-2 draw against this opposition. 

The visitors will have recuperating manager Alan Reynolds in the stands, buoyed also by a good win over St Pat's last week. 

Team News

Bray Wanderers:  Not available 

Waterford: John Kavanagh (knee), Garry Comerford (foot) and Paul Keegan (calf) continue to miss out. Stanley Aborah and David Webster are suspended. 

Gaffer Talk

Martin Russell (Bray Wanderers): Not available 

First-team coach Paul Cashin  (Waterford FC): "I think that the bounce back over the last few weeks when we’ve lost games and come back the following week is something that the lads have developed themselves. 

"They have developed as a group but they have this no lose attitude.Again we need to look forward to the Bray game. It was 2-2 in Bray last time and we were disappointed not to win that game. We didn’t feel that we played very well up there so we’ll be trying to put things right after the disappointment of that late penalty a couple of weeks ago." 

Cork City v Bohemians, Turner’s Cross, 7:45pm

The Cork City juggernaut rolls on. After a 2-0 win in Sligo, they return to Turner's Cross where they have been an unstoppable force so far. 

Bohs slumped to another defeat and they will welcome the break to regroup, anything from this game would be a bonus.  

Team News

Cork City: Johnny Dunleavy is back in full training after long-term injury, however there are concerns ahead of the game over a number of players. Danny Kane, Alan Bennett, Conor McCormack and Colm Horgan have all had knocks and are being assessed ahead of the game.

Bohemians: Darragh Leahy (knee) and Karl Moore (ankle) are back training but this game will come too soon for them. 

They are targeting a return after the mid-season break. Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Gaffer Talk

John Caulfield (Cork City):  "It’s the last game before the break, we are at home, so we are appealing again to the crowd to come out in force. We would love to go into the break on top of the table and, if we play to our form, I believe we will win the match but, if we are not at our best, there is always the danger we will drop points."

"They have a lot of quick, young attacking players, so we must make sure that we cause them problems, because there are certainly areas where Bohs are very dangerous. They are very good away from home, so we are well aware of that."

Keith Long (Bohemians):  "We can't shy away from where we are. We need to be better from the start and stop giving ourselves an uphill battle in every game

"We've been praised for our fighting spirit this season but people who went to Dalymount last week would not have seen that from us.

"We need to build on having a never-say-die attitude anyway. We have to become more difficult to play against and stop conceding. 

"If we keep things tight at the back, we're in completely different territory. We have a chance of nicking a goal and getting a result."

Derry City v Dundalk, The Brandywell, 7:45pm

Derry are light on numbers ahead of the mid-season break, so the visit of Dundalk to The Brandywell is not ideal.

Kenny Shiels has said there could be up to four signings next month after several players left the club earlier in the season.

Team News

Derry City: Midfielder Nicky Low is suspended for the game while Jamie McDonagh and Gavin Peers are injury concerns for Shiels.

Dundalk: They will be without the injured Stephen O’Donnell (broken leg) and John Mountney (medial knee) while Karolis Chvedukas is doubtful with an ankle injury. Chris Shields returns from suspension having missed last week’s win over Limerick.

Gaffer Talk

Kenny Shiels (Derry City):  "We’re struggling a bit to be honest.

"We’ve lost Ronan Curtis and Nicky’s suspension is a real blow on top of that. Gavin and Jamie are both very doubtful so while things aren’t great we have to stay focused."

"Dundalk are a quality side- everybody knows that so we will have to dig deep and fight hard to keep them out."

Stephen Kenny (Dundalk): "The players are playing well at the moment. It is the second time we are going to the Brandywell in a couple of weeks. It’s a tough task that is ahead of us.

"We have to earn it and have to earn the right to win the match. We will have to fight hard in Derry and play well to try and get a big victory."

Limerick v Shamrock Rovers, Market's Field, 7:45pm

Graham Burke will make his final Shamrock Rovers appearance after sealing a move to Preston North End this week. 

The home side have overcome financial worries for now, with wages paid after problems last month, but now they need points as they still sit in the relegation place. 

Team News

Limerick: Not available 

Shamrock Rovers: Ronan Finn is back in contention but Bradley says he will "probably wait until after the break for Brandon Miele".

Gaffer Talk

Tommy Barrett (Limerick):  Not available 

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers): "I thought we played really well [against Bray]. We moved them around and in the end wore them down. We knew it would take time for them to open up when they went down to ten men. But we felt that once we scored the second goal it would open up and that's what happened.

"The way the games are going it would be good to get the three points and it could be a big win for us."

St Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers, Richmond Park, 7:45pm

Goals from strikers have been something of an issue for these teams. The Saints are currently in a three-team battle for fourth place, but have lost four games on the spin and need a lift.

Sligo's brief upturn in fortune ended with defeat to Cork City and they sit just one point above the relegation play-off spot.

Team News

St Patrick’s Athletic: Christy Fagan has been ruled out long-term. Kevin Toner and Thomas Byrne are suspended. 

Sligo Rovers:  Kyle Callan-McFadden will sit out the game due to concussion suffered in the game against Cork City. Gary Boylan is out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

Adam Morgan returns to the squad. New signing Mikey Drennan is ineligible until 1 July.

Gaffer Talk

Liam Buckley (St Patrick’s Athletic): "It'll be a difficult game as they all are. We've been on a poor run of late. We need to flip it and get back to winning ways. We weren't too bad in Waterford for 30 minutes but the sending off had a big factor. 

"The top four is our ambition, we have to make sure we muscle up and pick up our fair share of points." 

Gerard Lyttle (Sligo Rovers):  "St Pat’s play it the right way and they’re a similar side to Derry in that they are one of the best footballing teams in the league. Like us, they’ve been struggling a bit for goals. However, they are really strong at home and I think it’s only Cork that have beaten them there. 

"We’re looking forward to it, it’s an interesting game for us to go there and play our game. It’s a good surface and it’ll be a good one for the supporters watching I think. We went to Derry and got the result even though they were doing well there.