Shamrock Rovers have fallen three points adrift of Sligo and will be looking to catch up with the Connacht side at Tallaght Stadium against the students (kick-off 8pm).
The league champions will look on this as the perfect opportunity to score a few goals having drawn their last two fixtures in the Carlisle Grounds and at home to Derry. UCD meanwhile have picked up just two points from their last four fixtures.
Rovers are an unbackable 3/10 with UCD 10/1 to win and the draw best priced at 7/2. The Hoops should win this with a few goals to spare. A punt on Gary Twigg to score and a Rovers win by more than one goal looks the best bet here.
SHAMROCK ROVERS TEAM NEWS: Ciaran Kilduff (foot) remains out while Ken Oman (hamstring) is also out and Killian Brennan (calf) is a doubt. Stephen O’Donnell has resumed training but is unlikely to feature Kerrea Gilbert has returned from injury.
UCD TEAM NEWS: Ger Bannon remains absent with an injured toe while Chris Mulhall (groin) and Tomás Boyle (back) will also not feature.
Speaking on the eve of the game, Rovers’ boss Stephen Kenny said: “We have to bring the level of intensity that we brought last week [against Derry City]; we created a lot of chances and we have to continue to do that. UCD pass the ball well and are a technically good team. But we must make home advantage count and play at the level that we are capable of.”
UCD manager Martin Russell gave his own articulate insight into the fixture: “This fixture represents what is great about Irish football. A top club, well run, in a great stadium against a club that is devoted to developing young Irish players in the right manner. I am really looking forward to the game.”