Sports Mole preview Friday’s League of Ireland clash between Bohemians and Shelbourne, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Bohemia will welcome shelbourne on Friday night to Dalymount Park for the League of Ireland Premier Division clash.
The two teams, who have been out for three weeks due to the international break, are separated by just one point in the table, the hosts in seventh place are just behind the visitors in sixth place.
The Bohemians will be eager to improve on their results from last month, when they won just one of their five league games and picked up just five points from a possible 15.
Keith LangThe team drew 1-1 at home with Drogheda United in the last game, which saw them take the lead thanks to a first-half opening goal Jordan Floresbut Dean Williams scored an 84th-minute equalizer to force both sides to share the spoils.
The Bohs are currently seven points and three places worse off than at this point last season and it will be a tough challenge for them to win their first top-flight title since 2009 as they are 19 points adrift of leaders Shamrock Rovers lie, which is their next opponent after they meet Shelbourne on Friday.
The Bohemians will be confident of thriving against the Reds having won four of their last five meetings and drawn one against them, including a 4-1 away win in their last meeting in April.
Shelbourne, meanwhile, were unable to extend their four-game winning streak after they were beaten 2-0 by leaders Shamrock Rovers late last month.
First half tees off Richie towel and Rory Gaffney condemned the Reds to defeat in a game in which they didn’t register a single shot on target.
Shelbourne, who rose to League Two champions last season, are not afraid of immediate relegation at the moment as they have a 13-point lead over the bottom two at half-time.
Damien DuffThe s men go into action on Friday after losing three of their last four away games and their last win against Bohemians came in April 2016 when they won 4-3 on penalties in the League Cup quarter-finals.
Form of the Premier of the Bohemians League of Ireland:
Shelbourne League of Ireland Premier Form:
Bohemian goalkeeper James Talbot had to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad last week due to an injury in training and is unlikely to play on Friday.
Tadhg Ryan could therefore start between the sticks while protection in defense could be provided by a back four Max Murphy, Jordan Doherty, Ciaran Kelly and Tyreke Wilson.
winger Promise Omochere will hope to return before the first XI Ali Cootwhile midfield starlet Dawson Devoy should play behind the striker Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.
midfield player John O’Sullivan and left-back Ryan Burke both joined the club this month but are ineligible to play until July 1st.
As for Shelbourne, Jordan McEneff, Adam Thomas, Daniel Hawkin and Sean McSweeney are all doubtful, with the former two suffering from palpitations while the latter two have muscle problems.
goalkeeper Lewis Webb has returned to his hometown club Swansea City Brendan Clarke now seemingly a sure starter between the sticks.
Attacking midfielder Jack MoylanNominated for May’s Player of the Month after scoring three goals in five appearances, is expected to start behind the forwards again Jad Hakiki and Sean Boyd.
Bohemian’s possible starting line-up:
Ryan; Murphy, Doherty, Kelly, Wilson; Flores, Levingston; Omochère, Devoy, Burt; Ogedi Uzokwe
Shelbourne possible starting lineup:
Clarke; Griffin, O’Driscoll, Byrne, Kane; Lunney, Dervin, McManus; moylan; Hakiki, Boyd
We say Bohemians 1-1 Shelbourne
Both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday, although a hard-fought battle between evenly matched sides could lie ahead.
Bohemians drew 1-1 the last time they faced Shelbourne on home soil and we can see the same result at Dalymount Park.
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