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Bohemians - St. Patricks

Today, 30 Jul 2010, 20:45

Very interesting last part of the season here with St Patrick, Bohemian and Shamrock fighting for the title, this being as well the current order on the table but also the title chances after me.Today host have this hard game in hand and true , if they win they will lead the table probable after this round, but than they have as well a hard travel right to Shamrock.So more than sure, if they fail tonight to win i might say that Bohemian will be out from race , with only 3 rounds before end..

Team news and preview:

Bohemians welcome St. Patrick’s Athletic to Dalymount Park on Friday knowing that a win would lift the club to the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division.

The Gypsies go into the game on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 win in Bray last weekend and will be aiming to extend their current nine match domestic unbeaten run. Pat Fenlon’s side have lost only once in 14 league and cup games and would leapfrog both St. Pat’s and Shamrock Rovers with a win on Friday.

Recent Form

This is the fourth clash in all competitions this season, with the Saints winning one and drawing one in the league and Bohemians winning the Setanta Cup final encounter back in May.

Bohemians will be eager to put their dramatic Champions League exit to Welsh side The New Saints well behind them with another good result on Friday night.

Paddy Madden is the stand out player for Bohemians this season and the striker has scored nine goals in 19 starts for the Gypsies so far.

Dave Mulcahy has been a surprise goalscorer for the Saints in recent games having scored two against Dundalk and also getting the equaliser against Sporting Fingal last weekend.

Team News

Bohemian's Anto Murphy and Steven Gray will miss out again as they continue to recover from achilles injuries. Raffaele Cretaro is a doubt with a hip flexor problem.

St Pat’s are suspension free, Gareth Coughlan remains sidelined while defender Shane Guthrie is struggling with a calf injury.

Manager’s Comment

“This is a big game,” said Fenlon “and we’ve had two really competitive matches against St. Pat’s already this season so I expect this one will be no different.” “I think my players showed great character over last weekend with the Bray game and then the win over Aston Villa,” he continued. “I firmly believe that we have a team here that’s capable of winning the league again and that’s what we are aiming to do.”

“We’ve only lost one in fourteen so I am happy enough, especially with the form we’ve showed since the mid season break. We’ve been fairly settled, the team is beginning to take shape and I’m quite pleased with our position in the table.”

On the other part, Pete Mahon from Saints said : “The last time we travelled to Dalymount we were top of the league and we left top of the league and that is our intention again for tomorrow night.

Some might look at it as a showdown but there is no use in us beating Boh’s and then losing the next three games and the same for them.

It may give the winners a bit of a psychological advantage heading into the next set of games and with Boh’s at home the pressure will be on them to deliver.

Danny North is pushing for a start, having done well last week, and with Gareth O’Connor coming into the squad along with new signing James O’Brien we’ve a few selection headaches.

O’Brien impressed at training during the week, it may not be the match for him to make his debut but I think he will be a great addition for the club.

With suspensions and injuries we’ve been a bit threadbare over the last few games so it’s great now to have a few more options heading into this gam

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Bohemains -0.25 AH 1st Half 188bet 2.22 8 1-0 WON (+9.76 units)
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