With the top two clashing at Turner’s Cross, the chasing pack have an opportunity to make up some ground.
Perhaps none needs to do so more than St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers, in distant fifth and fourth places respectively, who meet in a Dublin derby at Richmond Park desperately seeking some sort of consistency to keep them at the business end of the table.
St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley will want to see a significant improvement defensively after last week’s 5-1 trouncing at Bohemians while Rovers, having taken just one point from games with newly-promoted Wexford Youths and Finn Harps, will also be desperate for some winning form.
“Pat’s and Rovers is always a great game for the fans as there’s always a great atmosphere, be it in Inchicore or Tallaght,” said Buckley.
“There was little between us last time out and I’d expect it to be the same again.”
Pat’s are without the suspended Sean Hoare, though Darren Dennehy returns from a ban. Rovers vice-captain Gary McCabe is suspended while promising striker Sean Boyd is away with the Ireland u18s in Sweden.
Third-placed Derry City hope to have Rory Patterson back from a hamstring strain for their visit to Galway United. Armin Aganovic is suspended for Galway as injuries also deprive them of Colm Horgan, Stephen Walsh and Padraic Cunningham.
Tonight’s fixtures (7.45pm unless stated) Premier Division Bray Wanderers v Longford Town Cork City v Dundalk (Live on Setanta 8pm) Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers (8.0) Galway Uid v Derry City St Pat’s Ath v Shamrock Rovers Wexford Youths v Bohs (8.0) First Division UCD v Shels Waterford Utd v Athlone Town
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