Dublin weekend previews Airtricity League

  • Premier Division  -Bohemians v St Patrick’s Athletic

(Friday, 7.45pm, Dalymount Park)

Dalymount Park hosts a second derby in as many weeks as fourth-placed Bohemians host league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic. 

The Saints top the table on goals scored, level on points with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers, at the midway point in the season despite being held to a 1-1 draw in Waterford last week. 

The home side will look to recover from a 4-0 hammering at Sligo, a result that brought to an end a six-game unbeaten run that included wins over Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.  The Saints will be without player of the month Alfie Lewis, as the former West Ham United man serves a suspension for his red card against Waterford.

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  • Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(Friday, 8pm, Tallaght Stadium)

More than 1,000 fans will be in attendance for what would, in normal circumstances, be the biggest game on the league calendar. 

Rovers sit joint top despite losing three of their last seven games, beginning with defeat at Oriel Park last month, which brought to an end a record 33-game unbeaten league run.  A 1-1 draw with Drogheda United last Friday, as Graham Burke’s early penalty was cancelled out by a Mark Doyle spot-kick, saw the champions drop more points at home, though the game did see the return to action of captain Ronan Finn and Dylan Watts, while Joey O’Brien may also return.

First Division 

  • Shelbourne v Cabinteely

(Friday, 7.45pm, Tolka Park),

Shelbourne will look to extend their unbeaten season to 14 games as they welcome Cabinteely. Ian Morris’ side moved 11 points clear last week as they squeezed past Cork City thanks to goals from Michael O’Connor and Ryan Brennan. 

It wasn’t the Reds’ most convincing performance of the season but the three points rarely looked in doubt. 

Yoyo Mahdy may return after missing the Cork game with a knock, but Gerardo Bruna remains out with an ACL injury.

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