There are some mouthwatering fixtures in the League of Ireland next weekend with Sunday’s battle between 2nd and 3rd the standout clash – and it’s set to be a cracker. Derry City and Dundalk are becoming very familiar with one another with the two sides clashing twice in a fortnight during a hectic period for both clubs. The two sides met at Oriel Park earlier in the season with the hosts running out 3-1 winners and Dean Shiels side are looking to close the gap with a victory on the afternoon of Sunday, August 13th. The home side arrive in tremendous form having won four consecutive matches keeping clean sheets in each of these contests and will be confident of collecting three points against the Lilywhites. A win would reduce the gap between the two sides to just four points although both teams are miles adrift of runaway leaders Cork City. Dundalk manager Stephen Kelly has just signed a new contract at the club but he appears to be unable to help his side retain their title this year. Whilst Derry City v Dundalk is the pick of the fixtures, Cork City are in action twice in four days hosting Sligo Rovers on Friday night before travelling to face Finn Harps on Monday evening. The Harps also face a busy weekend with a trip to St Patricks on Friday evening and goals are expected between the two sides placed together in the standings both on 27 points. Punters are likely to be tempted by the Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals markets and further details on these kinds of bets can be found on our guide to soccer betting page. Elsewhere, crisis club Bray Wanderers host rock-bottom Drogheda and will be hoping to build upon their creditable goalless draw with in-form Bohemians. Galway United are looking to crawl away from the relegation zone as they host 4th place Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening whilst Limerick and the aforementioned Bohemians clash just 24 hours later.