League of Ireland: Can Sligo Rovers Escape the Relegation Zone?
Game week 26 is inbound, and it’s a big one! The title and European qualification places are all but wrapped up – bar a catastrophic downfall – with just eight games left for most teams.
So, attentions are turned to the expanded relegation zone.
This season, three teams from the League of Ireland shall be relegated. With the relegation scrap more heated than ever, everyone from 7th-place Limerick down to 12th-place Drogheda United are in the dogfight.
Bumper week of action
Game week 26 kicks off with Shamrock Rovers travelling to face Limerick on Tuesday 15th August. The game could pull the away team to within six points of European competition, or possibly extend Limerick’s cushion on the relegation zone to seven points. Also on Tuesday, Sligo Rovers will hope for a convincing win to pull them out of the relegation zone when they host the out-of-form Bray Wanderers.
Friday night sees a four-stack of Irish football action. St. Patrick’s Athletic will battle Finn Harps as both teams try to claw themselves further away from the drop zone, and Galway United will host Shamrock Rovers with both teams fixated on the places above them.
18th of August also sees the league-leading – or rather obliterating – Cork City allow Sligo Rovers into the lion’s den, with little hope of Rovers coming out with anything. The fourth Friday fixture is Bray Wanderers against the bottom-of-the-table Drogheda United, so Bray will be looking to turn their sorry form around in this one. Saturday 19th August rolls in Limerick hosting the Bohemians in a seventh versus sixth clash.
Sunday 21st August sees a huge clash between two of the top teams in the league. It may not have as much impetus as the FA Community Shield, but Derry City versus Dundalk is set to be a real showcase of Irish football. Both sit comfortably in the Europa League places and are 200/1 to 1500/1 to win the league now, but they’ll both have something to prove in this one.
Then the week is rounded off with Finn Harps hosting Cork City, with the away team having already won the first two match-ups 1-0 and 5-0.
With the title all but secured, who can climb away from the relegation zone?