Dundalk face full-strength Rovers

Shamrock Rovers will be hoping to push further clear at the top of the table when they host Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium tonight, kick-off 8pm.

Shamrock Rovers will be hoping to push further clear at the top of the table when they host Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium tonight, kick-off 8pm.

Rovers have a full squad available, with no injuries or suspension problems going into the game.

And manager Michael O’Neill said: “We’ll be looking to continue where we left off on Friday night, and hope to pick up another three points.

“We also want to maintain our level or performance. But Dundalk will be coming to Tallaght to try and make it difficult for us, and we will need to contend with that.

“We have scored 11 goals in our last three games, which is also a boost for us.

“We have goals coming from all areas, with the wide players in particular getting in on the goalscoring lately. This is obviously a positive for us.”

For Dundalk, Shane Guthrie returns after being unavailable for the St Patrick's Athletic game, but Eoghan Osborne (fractured tibia), Stephen McDonnell (knee), Jason Byrne (hamstring) and Stephen Maher (groin) are out, while Michael Hector has left the club.

Dean Bennett and Colin Hawkins (both ankle) remain doubtful.

Dundalk manager Ian Foster said: “The postponement of Friday’s game was probably a blessing in disguise in the sense that Dean Bennett and Colin Hawkins got an extra few days with regards to their ankle injuries.

“It’s the first time in a long while that we’ve had eight days between games.”

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