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It’s the final round of games in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division this weekend with the action getting underway tomorrow when Declan Devine’s Derry City hope to end their relegation worries in their game in hand against Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium. A win for The Candystripes will end their chances of finishing the promotion/relegation play-off spot that is currently occupied by Finn Harps.

Also, still on the table this weekend is the final European spot of the season, which goes to the team that finishes in 3rd place, Dundalk as it stands. The Lillywhites had a chance to put this to bed last weekend but they could only manage a draw against mid-table St. Pat’s.

In the other game last weekend Finn Harps had a chance to move out of the play-off spot against Rovers but goals in either half from Joseph O’Brien and Max Murphy saw them go down 2-0, the champions also played out a goalless draw against St. Pat’s on Wednesday night.

Here is how the full Premier Division table looks going into the weekend: –

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Shamrock Rovers 16 13 3 0 40 7 33 42
2 Bohemians 17 11 1 5 21 11 10 34
3 Dundalk 17 7 5 5 25 21 4 26
4 Waterford 17 7 3 7 17 21 -4 24
5 Sligo Rovers 17 7 1 9 17 23 -6 22
6 St. Patrick’s Athletic 17 5 6 6 13 15 -2 21
7 Derry City 16 5 4 7 17 15 2 19
8 Shelbourne 17 5 4 8 13 20 -7 19
9 Finn Harps 17 4 5 8 14 24 -10 17
10 Cork City 17 2 4 11 9 29 -20 10

 

After tomorrow’s sole game the rest of the action to finish the season takes place on Monday night with every team in action and kicking off at 19:30.

If we were to assume Derry are still in danger by that time they would perhaps have the best chance of picking up three points of the three sides trying to avoid the dreaded play-off spot as they travel to an already relegated Cork side, who also haven’t won since August.

The other sides still in danger of potential relegation are Shelbourne and Finn Harps both sides are at home, with the Shels welcoming the champions to Tolka park as Stephen Bradley’s side aim to finish off their title winning season in style. Finn Harps are two points behind Shelbourne so even a win might not be enough for them as they entertain a Waterford side who must win if they are to have any chance of playing in Europe next year.

In the other important game on Monday night, Dundalk are at home to Sligo and a win will guarantee them 3rd spot and European football. A draw could be enough but only if Waterford fail to beat Finn Harps.

Here is the full fixture list for Monday 9th November 2020, all games kick off at 19:30 as previously stated: –

Cork City v Derry City

Dundalk v Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps v Waterford

In our Writer’s Charity Prediction league it looks to be a two horse race, Liam has lead for a large chunk of the season but only managed one point last weekend while Rodney predicted both results correctly to close the gap to three points and give himself a fighting chance.

Here is the full leaderboard, along with our writer’s chosen charities: –

1. Liam (Irish Cancer Society) 50
2. Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care) 47
3. Keith (North-West Hospital) 41
4. Richard (The National Autistic Society) 38
5. Darren (Cancer Research UK) 35
6. Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK) 33
7. Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society) 30

 

Darren starts this week with his predictions, as always it is three points if a writer gets a result correct and a point if they get an outcome correct: –

Darren (Cancer Research UK)

Cork City 1-1 Derry City

Dundalk 2-0 Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-2 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford

Liam (Irish Cancer Society)

Cork City 0-2 Derry City

Dundalk 1-0 Sligo Rovers

St Patrick’s Athletic 0-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-3 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford

Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK)

Cork City 1-0 Derry City

Dundalk 2-1 Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-3 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-2 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 0-2 Waterford

Richard (The National Autistic Society)

Cork City 0-1 Derry City

Dundalk 3-0 Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 0-2 Bohemians

Sherbourne 0-3 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford

Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care)

Cork City 1-1 Derry City

Dundalk 2-0 Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-2 Bohemians

Shelbourne 1-3 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 1-1 Waterford

Keith (North-West Hospital)

Cork City 1-3 Derry City

Dundalk 0-1 Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-2 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-4 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford

Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society)

Cork City 1-2 Derry City

Dundalk 1-1 Sligo Rovers

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-2 Shamrock Rovers

Finn Harps 2-0 Waterford

The SSE Airtricity First Division play-off final takes place tonight with Galway and Longford facing each other at the UCD Bowl for the right to play whoever finished second bottom in the Premier Division, Drogheda have already won promotion back to the top flight after a three season absence.

Tomorrow Cameron will be back to look at the latest action in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership and look ahead to the next round of fixtures and today you can check out Richard’s look at the Northern Ireland squad ahead of next week’s huge play-off final.