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Crunch time in the League of Ireland

It’s crunch time in the League of Ireland with some big games to come in the weeks ahead.

We’re now firmly into the business end of the season with the destination of the league and FAI Cup to be determined in the next few weeks, not to mention the line-up for the new 10 team league for 2018 being finalised.

Here are our picks for this weekend’s matches. If you are looking to make the games a bit more exciting you can head over to and find a good sportsbook to put our tips to good use.

Most attention will be on Dalymount Park this Friday where Cork City can claim the title by beating Bohemians. They’re 8/13 favourites for the game but after failing to get the job done on a number of previous occasions dating back to September 1st, who’d bet against Bohs repeating their victory at Turner’s Cross from earlier in the season and keeping John Caulfield’s side waiting another few days?

Keith Long’s side are a good bet at 9/2. While Cork are hot favourites to wrap up the title eventually they haven’t been in as good form since the summer departures of Kevin O’Connor and new Irish international Sean Maguire to Preston North End. Goals have been a problem for the Munster men so Dinny Corcoran at 8/1 as first goalscorer for Bohs could be the value bet.

While there will be plenty of attention on that game, the real battle is at the other end of the table.

Sligo Rovers climbed out of the bottom three last weekend but could find themselves back in there if they fail to win away to Shamrock Rovers. Given Rovers were in action for 120 minutes against Dundalk in the FAI Cup semi-final replay on Tuesday that may work in the favour of Gerard Lyttle’s side who are 7/2 for the win. Goals have been hard to come by for the Bit O Red so 13/1 for a 1-0 victory could be the value bet for the match at Tallaght Stadium.

If Sligo fail to get the job done then Finn Harps could overtake them with victory in the North West derby against Derry City. The Candystripes haven’t been in good form of late and with Harps battling for their lives the draw at 3/1 could be good value.

There’s also another huge game at Eamonn Deacy Park with Galway Utd taking on St Patrick’s Athletic in a real relegation six pointer. The winner here will take a huge step towards safety. Despite slipping into the bottom three last weekend, we reckon home advantage could prove crucial for Galway and they are 13/10 to get the job done. The real value bet here could be both teams to score at 4/7.

Limerick FC also are not safe from the drop just yet but a home tie against a Drogheda Utd side already relegated on Saturday should see them pick up the win. They’re not great value at 1/3 but evens at -1 is worth considering as is Rodrigo Tosi to score anytime at 5/6.

Finally, Dundalk FC take on Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park. After their exertions on Tuesday in the cup semi-final replay and Bray’s recent resurgence in form, a draw here could be a good bet at 11/2. If you fancy an upset Harry Kenny’s side are 17/2 to claim their second win of the season at Oriel Park.

It all makes for a superb weekend of football and a few bets should make it all the more interesting.

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