A win for Bohemians over Drogheda United tonight at Hunky Dorys Park could be enough to see Pat Fenlon’s side take over at the top of the table, kick-off 7.45pm.
With Shamrock Rovers not playing, Fenlon’s side will go top if they win and St Patrick’s Athletic fail to record a victory.
Fenlon has some selection issues as Killian Brennan is suspended for the visit to his native Drogheda.
Anto Murphy and Steven Gray have been battling Achilles injuries and are trying new treatments. And Aaron Greene is expected to be out for another week with an ankle injury.
Jason Byrne returns to the team from injury and intensifies the competition for selection up-front with Raffaele Cretaro and Paddy Madden.
“Drogheda has always been a difficult place for us to go,” said Fenlon.
“We have been watching them and they played well recently against teams well above them in the table, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. They were unlucky not to win at least one of those games.”
For Drogheda, Garreth O’Connor is suspended, while Jamie Harris and Robbie Martin are both out injured. Corrie Treacy is a doubt but is expected to be fit.
Caretaker boss Darius Kierans said: “Bohemians are the best team with one of the best managers in the country.
“They are always going to be a difficult prospect either home or away. We have been playing well recently and may not have been getting the results we deserve but there is confidence in the squad.”
Drogheda have signed two midfielders, Darren Meenan and Peter McMahon. Both former Drogheda youth players, McMahon comes from UCD, while Meenan had spells with Monaghan, Shels and Sligo.