With Bray Wanderers currently stranded at the foot of the table, the race to decided who finishes in the relegation play-off place appears to be between three clubs. Limerick and Sligo both sit in the bottom three with seventeen points to their name, while Bohemians sit above those two teams with three more points on the board. Victory for Limerick against Bohemians would certainly throw a cat amongst the pigeons this weekend, especially if Sligo pick up three points as well.
When the two sides last locked horns for their reverse league fixture in April, Bohemians were unable to find the goal that would have earned them three points, despite keeping 62% of the possession and having eight shots on target to their guests two. Limerick lost Brouder to injury just before the half time break and never really recovered from his early departure. Bohemians had the best of both halves and will wonder how they only managed to take a point from this game. Limerick, on the other hand, will have been very grateful to have come out of this game with a share of the spoils after they were practically dominated from start to finish.
Neither side have been playing consistently well heading into Friday’s big game, but Bohemians claim the title of form favourites after they picked up two wins, one draw, and three defeat from their last six matches. Hosts Limerick have just the one win and one draw from their last six games, but both teams go into Friday’s game having picked up a draw and a defeat from their last two results. With both teams struggling for consistency and this game being important at the bottom of the table, we’re expecting a tight and tense ninety minutes. Four of the last five encounters between Limerick and Bohemians have produced under 2.5 goals, suggesting that this fixture has been close over the last couple of seasons. Three of Limerick’s and four of Bohemians last six matches have also produced under 2.5 goals, so we’re not expecting much from either side in the final third on Friday.
Morrissey has been in decent form for Limerick this season, scoring five goals in the Premier Division so far, but he is just one of two players in the home squad that have managed to score more than once this season. Bohemians haven’t relied on one player to score the majority of their goals, instead the burden has been spread across the team with Corcoran and Stokes on three goals apiece and Casey, Grant, and Morris on two each.
We’re confident that this game will feature under 2.5 goals as both teams are struggling at the wrong end of the table, recent results have been low scoring, and this fixture has made a habit of producing under 2.5 goals of late. In terms of a final score we’ve gone with a goalless draw from Friday’s fixture, which will suit Bohemians more than their hosts.
Limerick Predicted Lineup: Clarke, Shaun Kelly, Whitehead, Cantwell, Dennehy, Duggan, Kearns, Wearen, Coleman, M. O’Sullivan, K. O’Sullivan.
Bohemians Predicted Lineup: Supple, D. Byrne, Cornwall, Casey, Morris, Ward, Buckley, Devaney, Watts, Corcoran, Grant.
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These two clubs have only met fifteen times before, and with 7 wins, 2 draws, and 6 defeats its Limerick who just edge the head to head record. Limerick are unbeaten against Bohemians in their last four encounters.
Conor Clifford, Billy Dennehy, Danny Morrissey, Darren Dennehy, and Connor Ellis could all miss Friday’s game through injury.
Colin McCabe, Darragh Leahy, Karl Moore, Ryan Swan, and Cristian Magerusan all have injuries and could be forced to miss the trip to Limerick.