Cretaro a doubt for Bohs' top-of-the-table clash

Bohemians and St Patrick's Athletic will go head-to-head to top the league table when the two sides meet at Dalymount Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Anto Murphy and Steven Gray will miss out again for the Gypsies as they continue to recover from Achilles injuries. Raffaele Cretaro is a doubt with a hip flexor problem.

Bohs manager Pat Fenlon said: “This is a big game and we’ve had two really competitive matches against St Pat’s already this season, so I expect this one will be no different.

“I firmly believe that we have a team here that’s capable of winning the league again and that’s what we are aiming to do.

“We’ve only lost one in fourteen so I am happy enough, especially with the form we’ve showed since the mid-season break. We’ve been fairly settled, the team is beginning to take shape and I’m quite pleased with our position in the table.”

St Pat’s have a strong squad to choose from and are suspension free. Gareth Coughlan remains sidelined, while defender Shane Guthrie is struggling with a calf injury.

Saints boss Pete Mahon said: “The last time we travelled to Dalymount we were top of the league and we left top of the league and that is our intention again.

“Some might look at it as a showdown but there is no use in us beating Bohs and then losing the next three games and the same for them.

“It may give the winners a bit of a psychological advantage heading into the next set of games and with Bohs at home the pressure will be on them to deliver.

“Danny North is pushing for a start, having done well last week, and with Gareth O’Connor coming into the squad along with new signing James O’Brien, we’ve a few selection headaches. O’Brien impressed at training during the week, it may not be the match for him to make his debut but I think he will be a great addition for the club.

“With suspensions and injuries we’ve been a bit threadbare over the last few games so it’s great now to have a few more options heading into this game.”

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