Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers meet in an important Dublin derby in the Airtricity Premier Division on Friday evening, kick-off 7:45pm in Dalymount Park.

The Hoops claimed the points in the first league meeting and have made a good start to the second stage of the season with a win over Shelbourne and progressing past St Patrick’s Athletic in the EA Sports Cup.

Rovers have sold out of the full allocation of almost 800 tickets for the game.

Since they last met three months ago in Tallaght, Bohs and Rovers have had similar form.

In their ten league matches Bohemians have had four wins and two draws while the Hoops have had three wins and four draws in the same period.

Captain Owen Heary may still be out with hamstring injury which was aggravated again last week. But Evan McMillan returns from suspension in a boost to Aaron Callaghan.

Striker Dave Scully is suspended following his red card last week and Lee Dixon (toe injury) remains sidelined.

Hoops striker Ciaran Kilduff is still undergoing rehabilitation of his foot and will not be back for the game, while Sean Gannon (ankle) has also been ruled out of contention.

Stephen Rice and Killian Brennan return after missing last week's league game through suspension.

Hoops boss Stephen Kenny said: "We secured an important victory against Shels in the league last week, and backed that up by progressing to the semi-final of the EA Sports Cup against St Pat's.

"This is our third derby game in just over a week, and we will be looking for a third win from three.

"Our players have worked very hard during and since the break, and have been rewarded with two good wins for that hard work. But we want to push on, and now is the time for that."

The home side are not altering their preparations for their most high-profile home match of the season.

Bohs boss Callaghan said: "I don’t change anything in relation to the training for a match like this but from the players’ perspective it is easier to get motivated for a game against Rovers."