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The most interesting game this weekend comes in the fight to reach the final European spot this season, currently it would appear to be a two horse race between Dundalk and Waterford with The Lilywhites in the driving seat four points ahead of The Blues. The sides currently sitting 3rd and 4th respectively face each other tonight with Waterford hoping to close the gap, St. Pat’s, Shelbourne and Sligo are six points off Dundalk and would appear to be out of the running though Pat’s do have two games in hand over Waterford and one over Dundalk which is worth bearing in mind.

Shamrock Rovers could have been crowned SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions by now but following two positive Covid-19 tests in their camp their fixture last weekend as well as their midweek game and fixture for this weekend have had to be postponed with several other players having been unable to train due to being in close contact with the two positive cases.

Of course this postponements gave 2nd placed Bohemians an opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table but they could only manage a 0-0 draw away to Dundalk last week keeping them four points off top spot but they have a second bite at the cherry tomorrow when they host relegation threatened Finn Harps.

At the other end of the table Cork are now just a point behind their nearest competitors in the relegation fight after they managed to pick up a draw last week against Waterford while Finn Harps had no game. Colin Healy’s side face a trip to Sligo this weekend, with just two games remaining for City and trailing 8th placed Derry by six points it would appear that the best they can hope for is to reach the relegation/promotion play-off spot but they have at least given themselves a fighting chance of doing just that.

Here is this weekend’s full fixture list: –

Derry City v Shelbourne (Friday 23rd October at 19:45)

Sligo Rovers v Cork City (Saturday 24th October at 17:00)

Bohemians v Finn Harps (Saturday 24th October at 19:30)

Waterford v Dundalk (Sunday 25th October at 14:00)

Here are the current league standings: –

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Shamrock Rovers 14 12 2 0 38 7 31 38
2 Bohemians 16 11 1 4 21 9 12 34
3 Dundalk 15 7 4 4 24 19 5 25
4 Waterford 16 6 3 7 16 21 -5 21
5 St. Patrick’s Athletic 14 5 4 5 10 11 -1 19
6 Shelbourne 16 5 4 7 13 18 -5 19
7 Sligo Rovers 16 6 1 9 15 22 -7 19
8 Derry City 15 4 4 7 15 15 0 16
9 Finn Harps 14 2 5 7 9 20 -11 11
10 Cork City 16 2 4 10 8 27 -19 10

 

There are also two First Division games this weekend, here are the details with both games taking place tomorrow at 15:00: –

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

Drogheda United v Wexford

Here is the full First Division table: –

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Bray Wanderers 16 11 2 3 29 12 17 35
2 Drogheda United 16 10 3 3 35 17 18 33
3 U.C.D. 17 9 2 6 42 27 15 29
4 Longford Town 17 9 2 6 25 21 4 29
5 Cabinteely 17 9 1 7 25 31 -6 28
6 Cobh Ramblers 17 8 2 7 22 20 2 26
7 Galway United 16 6 5 5 23 17 6 23
8 Athlone Town 17 4 3 10 23 39 -16 15
9 Shamrock Rovers II 17 4 2 11 22 28 -6 14
10 Wexford 16 1 2 13 8 42 -34 5

 

Last week was a low scoring one for our writer’s in our charity prediction league, in part due to the reduced fixture list but also because only Darren predicted a draw between Cork and Waterford and a few dropped points after Dundalk v Bohemians ended in a goalless draw.

Currently Liam leads the way, holding an eight point lead over Rodney and looks to be in the driving seat but as we have seen before things can all change very quicky.

Here is the full leaderboard: –

1. Liam (Irish Cancer Society) 49
2. Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care) 41
3. Keith (North-West Hospital)/Richard (The National Autistic Society) 37
5. Darren (Cancer Research UK) 35
6. Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK) 32
7. Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society) 30

 

As usual it is three points for predicting a result correctly and a point for predicting the correct outcome in a fixture, Darren starts us off this week.

Darren (Cancer Research UK)

Derry City 0-0 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers 1-0 Cork City

Bohemians 1-0 Finn Harps

Waterford 1-2 Dundalk

Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK)

Derry City 2-1 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers 3-0 Cork City

Bohemians 4-0 Finn Harps

Waterford 1-2 Dundalk

Liam (Irish Cancer Society)

Derry City 0-0 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City

Bohemians 2-1 Finn Harps

Waterford 2-1 Dundalk

Richard (The National Autistic Society)

Derry City 3-1 Sherbourne

Sligo Rovers 0-0 Cork City

Bohemians 2-3 Finn Harps

Waterford 0-1 Dundalk

Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care)

Derry City 2-1 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City

Bohemians 3-0 Finn Harps

Waterford 2-2 Dundalk

Keith (North-West Hospital)

Derry City 1-1 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers 1-0 Cork City

Bohemians 0-0 Finn Harps

Waterford 2-1 Dundalk

Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society)

Derry City 2-0 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City

Bohemians 3-0 Finn Harps

Waterford 1-1 Dundalk