Fifth-placed Bohemians welcome seventh-place Bray Wanderers to Dalymount Park this Saturday evening.
Bohs and Bray have had contrasting form in recent weeks. Since these two sides last met, Bohs have won four of their seven league games while Bray have won just one of their last eight.
Christy Fagan’s double that day back in June saw Bohemians end the Seasiders six-match unbeaten run. His first goal ending the Gypsies barren run of 306 minutes without a top-flight goal. Fagan’s efforts proved decisive in a 2-1 away win as Bohs secured a much-needed win.
The two also had contrasting fortunes last weekend in the FAI Cup against First Division opposition, Bohemians winning 3-1 at Longford and Bray taking a 4-0 trashing at home to Pat Scully’s Limerick side.
Limerick were deserving winners against a frustrated Bray side reduced to nine men late on after Adam Mitchell and Danny O’Connor were sent off.
Bohemians are also further encouraged by Monday’s 2-0 defeat of Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup.
For Bohs, Striker Christy Fagan and defender Liam Burns will miss the visit of Bray after both picking up red cards in the tough 1-1 draw against St Patrick’s Athletic two weeks ago.
Midfielder Robert Bayly has returned to training following an ankle injury and should be available for selection. Stephen Traynor made his return to action with a few minutes run-out at the end of Monday’s match having been sidelined for a month also with an ankle injury.
Bray Wanderers: Darren Quigley, Shane O’Connor, Adam Mitchell, Derek Prendergast, Gary Dempsey(c), Dean Zambra, Daire Doyle, Danny O’Connor, Jake Kelly, Chris Shields, Conor Murphy.
Bohemians: Barry Murphy, Mark Rossiter, Owen Heary, Aidan Price, Ollie Cahill, Hurley, Ger O’Brien, Glenn Cronin (C), Killian Brennan, Anto Flood, Chris Forrester.
Prediction: Bohemians are the form team going into the game, and coupled with home advantage a Bohs win looks likely.
Dalymount Park, Saturday 3rd September, k-o 7.00 pm.