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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Dundalk can keep slim title hopes afloat against Cork

Dundalk will be hopeful that Stephen O'Donnell (left) is fit to return
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Dundalk v Cork City
RTE 2, 7.30pm Friday

Quite simply, if there are any legs left in the title race, Dundalk must beat Cork City in front of the RTE cameras.

With 15 points between the two teams, and just 17 matches remaining, it is little wonder that Cork are 1-25 to win the title.

However, City will almost certainly lose Sean Maguire to Preston and they could have a busy European schedule to distract them.

Dundalk wait on Stephen O'Donnell's fitness but he should play and, at their best, they are arguably still better than Cork. How City stifle Patrick McEleney may prove key but Dundalk hardly ever lose at home and this should be no different.

The bet of the weekend is Limerick to beat Bray Wanderers at home, though the juicy prices are gone. Bray are on a poor run of form and were utterly toothless against Shamrock Rovers last Tuesday, suggesting all may not be well in the camp.

Limerick's new boss Neil McDonald is finding his way in the league but the Shannonsiders have done okay under the Geordie and they may yet secure the signing of Owen Garvan. They are a decent team.

Shamrock Rovers face bottom side St Patrick's in Inchicore and are short enough in the betting. Pat's are also keen on Garvan and desperately need greater quality in midfield.

In Division One, Longford, who have the potential to improve after a managerial change look too big in the draw-no-bet market at Shelbourne. Shels are no great shakes and were thumped at home last time by Cabinteely.

Recommendations
Dundalk 0 in Asian Handicap
2pts 17-20 bet365
Limerick
3pts 5-4 general
Longford draw no bet
2pts 23-20 bet365

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City will almost certainly lose Sean Maguire to Preston and they could have a busy European schedule to distract them
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