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Dublin: 13 °C Saturday 15 August, 2020

5 things to look out for in this weekend's Airtricity League games

St Patrick’s Athletic can wrap up the league title at Richmond Park on Sunday evening.

Liam Buckley could see his side clinch the league tomorrow night.
Liam Buckley could see his side clinch the league tomorrow night.
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

1. Saints can clinch the title

WITH A SIX point advantage at the top of the table and just three games remaining, St Patrick’s Athletic will be crowned 2013 Premier Division champions with a win tomorrow.

All eyes will be on Richmond Park tomorrow night as Liam Buckley’s side host Sligo Rovers and if the Saints can earn at least a draw, they could effectively lose to both Derry and Cork and still stay ahead of Dundalk.

2. Race for fourth hots up

Both Shamrock Rovers and Derry have got their eyes on the fourth spot and the pair meet at the Brandywell tonight with the Candystripes holding a three-point advantage.

If Sligo Rovers can claim the FAI Cup final, whoever finishes fourth will clinch a place in next season’s Europa League so there is a huge prize at stake.

3. Dundalk want to bounce back with strong finish

After the heartbreak and frustration caused by the controversial manner in which they lost out to Drogheda in the FAI Ford Cup semi-finals last weekend, Dundalk are back in league action away to Bohemians.

Stephen Kenny has down an outstanding job with the Lilywhites this year and is aiming to finish on 70 points for the season by winning all three of their remaining fixtures.

In most 33 game seasons that would be enough to win the league – but if St Pats win the league there is nothing we can do about it,” Kenny told the club’s website. “We will aspire to finish the season strongly.”

4. Students visit Drogheda

Drogheda have got themselves to a third final in six months and will by hoping to put the previous defeats behind them at the Aviva on 3 November.

Before that, the Drogs have will hope to finish the league campaign on a high and host UCD, eight points and nine place behind them in the table, at Hunky Dorys Park.

5. Limerick in spell of good form

Limerick travel to the Carlisle Grounds in the middle of a four-game unbeaten run on Sunday but know Bray will be desperate for points to pull them off the bottom of the table.

Only goal difference separates the Seagulls and Shelbourne after last night’s defeat to Cork and Pat Devlin’s men must get something from their game in-hand as the prospect of First Division football looms heavily.

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