With the League of Ireland season officially launched yesterday and starting on Friday night we felt it is time to release our predictions for the upcoming season.
In the Premier Division the big off season news was that Stephen Kenny left Dundalk, however with that taken into account, the club have held onto their best players who have consistently done it on the pitch which is why we believe that the title will head back to Oriel Park in 2019.
St Patrick’s Athletic are the team that have done the best business in the off season with the captures of Mikey Drennan and Chris Forrester to name a few, along with bringing in Harry Kenny. This season will be the season the Inchicore side push back up the table and finish in second and back in a European place.
Shamrock Rovers and Cork City was a difficult choice to decide the final European place but with Rovers keeping most of their best players and adding high quality such as McEneff & Byrne we believe they will grab third place and Cork will place fourth respectively.
Derry City have brought back a successful manager in Declan Devine that wants to reconnect the club with the City which is brilliant to see. They have along with Waterford had too much of an overhaul of players to challenge top four this season but will be a solid fifth & sixth.
Bohemians & Sligo Rovers will in our opinion be the best of the rest before relegation. Both sides have top class managers but again with a big overhaul of players with some big losses during the off season (Shane Supple especially for Bohs) we believe there wont be a European push from either side.
As I am sure Ollie Horgan will agree, we believe Harps won’t have enough to challenge to stay up this season in the Division and will be ultimately relegated.
UCD in the relegation play off spot was the toughest call of the lot. Having seen them last season and knowing the exceptional football they play under Collie O’Neill it is hard to see how they would end up in ninth but maybe the depth of the squad and higher level could damage their chances of survival. * Noted that this could be a wrong call and they could be a surprise for mid table.
|Premier Division Predicted Table|
|2||St Patricks Athletic|
FAI Cup Champions: Bohemians
EA Sports Cup Champions: Dundalk
Top Scorer: Mikey Drennan (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Player of the Year: Michael Duffy (Dundalk)
|First Division Predicted Table|