Preview: University College Dublin vs. Bohemians - prediction, team news, lineups -

Preview: University College Dublin vs. Bohemians – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday’s League of Ireland Premier clash between University College Dublin and Bohemians, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

University College Dublin will continue to try and lift themselves off the foot of the Ireland Premier league table on Thursday when they welcome Bohemians to the UCD Bowl.

The hosts have won just a single game this season, yet the visitors head into this game in poor form on the back of consecutive defeats.

Match preview

It has been a tough campaign for Univeristy College Dublin, having only won once out of their 21 games this season, which is the reason they are currently bottom of the league.

That win also took place away from home, with the club having yet to earn three points in front of their home fans at the UCD Bowl, which they will be looking to change on Thursday.

Andrew Myler‘s men have gone six games in a row since they were able to pick up a victory, and they come into this particular match on the back of three consecutive losses.

The latest defeat took place against Dundalk, with three goals in the second half proving too much for University College Dublin to overcome, marking the second game in a row where they failed to find the back of the net.

Goals are something that have been a problem for the squad throughout the campaign, having only scored 12 times, which is fewer than any team in the division.

The visitors are much further up in the league table right now, as they currently sit sixth in the division with the potential of putting some pressure on those above them this week.

Despite that, Bohemians are actually heading into this particular match on the back of consecutive defeats which they will want to put behind them as they play one of their games in hand on some of the other teams in the league.

Keith Long‘s men were involved in a five-goal thriller during their most recent outing, with an own goal from Dawson Devoy proving to be the crucial difference between them and Derry City.

Alistair Coote and Devoy had got themselves on the scoresheet for Bohemians, but that was not enough, and is something they now need to respond to.

Bohemians will no doubt take confidence from the fact that when they last faced their opponents it was a 3-0 victory that they were able to secure, which is a result they would be happy to repeat.

University College Dublin League of Ireland Premier form:

Bohemians League of Ireland Premier form:

Team News

Colm Whelan is unavailable at the moment for University College Dublin, which is a big blow for a team struggling to find the back of the net, as he is the top goalscorer.

The 4-2-3-1 formation is something that the hosts will likely continue to play, providing coverage at all areas of the pitch as they look to secure only their second victory of the season.

Devoy got on the scoresheet for both teams at the weekend, but even though his own goal cost his team a result, he will no doubt have a featured role in the heart of the Bohemians midfield.

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is set to lead the line for the visitors in order to push the team forward, with Coote likely filling in just behind him in the creative midfield role.

University College Dublin possible starting lineup:
Moore; Gallagher, Keaney, Todd, Osam; Verdon, Caffrey; Duffy, Keane, Dignam; Lonergan

Bohemians possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Murphy, Doherty, Feely, Flores; Devoy, Levingston; Twardek, Coote, Omochere; Ogedi-Uzokwe

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We say: University College Dublin 0-2 Bohemians

Bohemians are without a victory in their previous two games, but coming up against University Of Dublin is likely the ideal situation for them considering their league position and form.

The hosts have not won a single game at home this season, and that is unlikely to change now against one of the stronger squads in the division.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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