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Key Stat: St Johnstone conceded only 16 goals at home in the SPL last season
Expert Verdict: Tommy Wright described his St Johnstone side as a team that "loved to defend" after their first-leg 1-1 draw in Switzerland last week, and they are capable of sufficiently containing Lucerne for another 90 minutes at McDiarmid Park. The Scottish Cup winners can make their imperious home record count.
Recommendation: St Johnstone
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Key Stat: Stjarnan have conceded in their last four home fixtures
Expert Verdict: Motherwell's carelessness in their own penalty area hurt them badly in the 2-2 draw at Fir Park, gifting their Icelandic opponents two goals from the penalty spot. However, the Well controlled the majority of the play and can still grab the victory they need, despite being priced up as outsiders.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Bohemians D.||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Bohemians haven’t won a single league match at home this season
Expert Verdict: Title-chasing Cork went out of the League Cup on Monday but have conceded a league-low 14 goals this season and can keep up their good away form with a win. Bohemians are unbeaten in five but may lack sharpness having not played a competitive fixture in two weeks, while they also possess the worst home record in the division.
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Key Stat: Bray Wanderers have lost eight of their last nine matches
Expert Verdict: Bray Wanderers inflicted Dundalk’s only defeat in their last 19 league matches when the sides met in April, but their recent form couldn’t contrast more sharply with the title favourites. Bray have won only once since that match and have conceded at least three goals in their last five fixtures. Expect Dundalk to inflict further misery.
Recommendation: Dundalk 3-0
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at UCD||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Derry have won just one of their nine away fixtures in the league this season
Expert Verdict: UCD pushed title-chasing Cork City last week despite playing with ten men for an hour, so look value to take the points against Derry City. The visitors have a Thursday night fixture in Belarus to recover from and have beaten only bottom club Athlone Town on their travels this season.
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Key Stat: St Patrick’s have won only two of their ten away league matches this season
Expert Verdict: There is a chance that Europa League participants St Patrick’s could suffer from both fatigue and complacency when they take on bottom club Athlone Town, who look a big price. The hosts have turned a corner recently with three wins in four at their Lissywollen home, while Saints haven’t won in their last six away league fixtures.
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