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Premier division

Galway Utd v Derry (Terryland Park, 7.45)

With influential winger Bobby Ryan suspended, Sean Malee comes in on the right-hand side of midfield as Galway United manager Don O'Riordan reshuffles his side.

Another change is likely in central defence with Billy Clery back from a ban and likely to partner Tom Silke. Both sides will be keen to build on good wins last week, with fourth-from-bottom Galway's need the greater.

Derry continue without their talisman Liam Coyle, out for another fortnight at least with a groin strain. Gary Beckett hopes to play despite a similar injury, but James Quigley and Darren McCaul are still out.

Shaun Gallagher, who made his first start of the season at left back last week, has had a chest infection but is expected to play, as is 'flu victim Eamonn Doherty.

Last two seasons: 1999/2000 - Galway United 0 Derry City 2, Derry City 2 Galway United 0, Galway United 2 Derry City 1. 2000/2001 - Derry City 0 Galway United 1.

Current league form: Galway United: WDLDW; Derry City: DLDDW.

Leading league scorers: Galway United: Lavine (nine); Derry City: Doherty (four).

Referee: H Byrne (Dublin).

Betting: Home: 13/8, Draw: 2/1, Away: 6/4.

FIRST DIVISION FIXTURES (7.45 unless stated): Drogheda United v Dundalk, Limerick FC v Home Farm/Fingal, St Francis v Sligo Rovers (8.0).

Betting courtesy of Paddy Power.