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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Waterford are far too good for limited Bray

Galway should thrash Cockhill Celtic

Bray goalie Peter Cherrie dives for the ball against Limerick
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From 3pm Monday

The weather has put Monday's League of Ireland fixtures in jeopardy but there are a couple of decent bets to be found if the games go ahead.

As the snow has arrived the even-money about Waterford has gone but they could still be value at 8-13 to beat Bray Wanderers, as long as the match passes a 9am pitch inspection.

Given the form Bray are in, they may well hope the match is called off. Wanderers' 0-0 draw on week one in Dundalk is becoming harder to explain with every passing day – they have lost all five games since.

Defensively they have major issues, as shown when they shipped five on Friday in Derry. On the same night, only a late own goal saw Dundalk overcome Waterford.

Good teams are built from the back and the Blues have  conceded only five goals. Morale is clearly low at Bray, so do not expect much to change if they fall behind. Remarkably, Derry went down to ten men shortly after half-time and won the remainder of Friday's game 4-1.

It seems unlikely that all of the four Premier Division games will go ahead, all of which feature an odds-on shot. In the EA Sports Cup, Galway United host Cockhill Celtic, who have been regular enough visitors to Terryland Park and even beat Galway in recent years.

However, there is a fair bit of depth to this Galway team. Expect Shane Keegan to make changes but United look likely to win with a goal or two to spare.

Recommendations
Waterford
2pts 8-11 general
Galway -1
1pt 6-5 Skybet

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