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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Predictions: Week 33

There is just one remaining issue to be resolved in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division coming into the final series of fixtures this Halloween weekend, with one of St Patrick’s Athletic, Sligo Rovers and Galway United doomed to be relegated to the First Division.

Friday (all kick-offs are 7:45pm unless specified)

Derry City v St Patrick’s Athletic

The permutations are quite simple for St Patrick’s Athletic – avoid defeat in Buncrana on Friday night and they will remain in the Premier Division for another season at least. Defeat coupled with a Galway United win however, would see St Pats drop into the First Division for the first time in their history. Derry City are sure to provide stiff competition for St Pats as well, with The Candystripes aiming for a second successive third-place finish under Kenny Shiels, who’s truly done a marvellous job at the club.

Odds: Derry City 13/8; Draw 9/4; St Patrick’s Athletic 7/5

Prediction: 2-1

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers also need just one point from their last game to retain their Premier Division status for next season. They should get over the line against bottom club Drogheda United, who themselves ended a barren run of 21 league matches without a win last time out. However, as a full-time outfit, Sligo should never had found themselves in this position and serious questions must be asked of those running the club. You can expect to see wholesale changes at the Showgrounds in the coming months.

Odds: Drogheda United 11/2; Draw 3/1; Sligo Rovers 2/5

Prediction: 0-1

 

Galway United v Dundalk

Galway United know that only a win in their final match will give them any hope of surviving and while coming up against Dundalk would normally seem like the impossible job, even though The Lilywhites have lost in both of their last two league visits to Eamonn Deacy Park. Due to current circumstances however, Dundalk are sure rest several key players with one eye on next weekend’s FAI Cup final, giving Galway every chance of extending their unbeaten run in the league to seven and staying up.

Odds: Galway United 11/8; Draw 23/10; Dundalk 8/5

Prediction: 2-1 

On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we speak to Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson about his thoughts on his side’s season and the future of League of Ireland football, and we look ahead to the final day Premier Division survival battle.

Bohemians v Finn Harps

Bohemians received a huge boost this week with the retention of several key members of their squad already for next year, though question marks do remain about the future of cousins Ismahil Akinade and Fuad Sule. Three points against Finn Harps, who had their relegation confirmed earlier in the week, could see Bohs finish the season in a very credible fifth-place should Bray Wanderers lose at Cork City. Not bad considering Bohs were tipped by many to go down at the start of the campaign.

Odds: Bohemians 1/2; Draw 14/5; Finn Harps 9/2

Prediction: 2-0

 

Cork City v Bray Wanderers

After much waiting (three years to be precise), Cork will finally get their hands on the SSE Airtricity League title regardless of the outcome in their final league fixture at home to Bray. John Caulfield will however be anxious to get back to winning ways before next week’s cup final, as Cork are now without a league win in seven. Luckily for them though, a staggering 21 wins from their first 22 matches was ultimately enough to see them over the line despite their woeful form towards the end of the season.

Odds: Cork City 2/5; Draw 16/5; Bray Wanderers 5/1

Prediction: 3-1

Shamrock Rovers v Limerick

A point at home to Galway last week was enough for Limerick to book their place in next season’s Premier Division. Shamrock Rovers on the other hand slumped to a 13th defeat of the season – that’s the fourth most defeats in the league. Stephen Bradley will be desperate to get something from this match as defeat would represent the club’s worst season, points wise, since moving to Tallaght Stadium in 2009.

Odds: Shamrock Rovers 4/9; Draw 3/1; Limerick 9/2

Prediction: 1-0

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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we speak to Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson about his thoughts on his side’s season and the future of League of Ireland football, and we look ahead to the final day Premier Division survival battle.

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