Bohemian FC v Dundalk, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Table-toppers Dundalk travel to Dalymount Park looking to keep the chasing pack at bay.
The Louth men plundered a very impressive three points at Derry City on Monday night, storming to a 4-1 victory at fortress Brandywell, and will be keen to maintain their momentum.
Bohs come into this one off the back a good win themselves. Keith Long's men beat Bray 3-1 last week and sit sixth in the table, four points off bitter rivals Shamrock Rovers.
Bohs: Paddy Kavanagh (illness) returns to the squad, but Keith Ward (foot) and skipper Derek Pender (calf) are considered doubts. Colin McCabe (shoulder), Karl Moore (ankle), Darragh Leahy (knee), Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.
Dundalk: Sean Gannon and John Mountney are recovering from fractured ribs and knee injuries respectively with the latter now ruled out for the next six to eight weeks. Stephen O’Donnell is ruled out with a broken leg for the next six months and Karolis Chvedukas has an ankle injury. Daniel Cleary returns after serving a one-match suspension.
Keith Long (Bohs): "You have to be at your best against Dundalk but that's the same for every team that plays them as they're such a strong side. They play a fluent style of football as they always have under Stephen Kenny.
"With respect to Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers, Dundalk are on another level to most teams in the league. But those two wins allow us to have a go at them tomorrow night. On our day, if everyone gives a fully focused performance, we can put it up to anyone in this league."
Stephen Kenny (Dundalk): "We are going up against a good Bohemians team with a good attitude," Kenny said. "We have real pace and it gives us a real attacking threat. We have a lot of pace in the team and it gives us the ability to break quickly. It’s a real asset to us and it has helped us score a lot of goals recently."
Cork City v Bray Wanderers, Turner's Cross, 7.45pm
Cork City protect a perfect home record tonight as a resurgent Bray Wanderers come to Leeside.
The Munster side have a 100% home record this season; a 2-1 win against Limerick in their last home outing marking he first time this season that an away team has scored at Turner’s Cross.
City’s last game was a 0-0 draw away to Derry City last week, in an entertaining battle that either side could have won.
Bray come into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 2-2 draw against high-flying Waterford on Monday night but remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Cork City: There's doubts linger over Alan Bennett, Gearóid Morrisey and Steven Beattie, while Johnny Dunleavy is still working his way back from injury.
Bray Wanderers: Rhys Gorman pulled his hamstring in the warm-up before the Waterford game.Aaron Dillon, Hugh Douglas, John Sullivan, Darragh Noone, Jake Kelly and Aaron Greene are all still out.
John Caulfield (Cork City): "Every team in this league can take points from each other and Bray have proven that. Our home form has been brilliant. The Limerick game was the first time we conceded at home this season, so it shows how strong we have been, but for me, it’s easy to go out and play in front of 6,000 people when they are roaring you on."
Graham Kelly (Bray Wanderers): "We know we are in for a really tough game going to the home of the champions. They are a fantastic side with quality all over the pitch. We obviously take confidence from our performance last Monday against Waterford who will no doubt be up there challenging both Cork and Dundalk for the title this season."
St Pat's v Derry City, Richmond Park, 7.45pm
The Saints return to SSE Airtricity action tonight when they host Derry City in Richmond Park.
The hosts will be hoping to continue their recent good form which has seen them claim three league wins in their last three games against Shamrock Rovers (h), Limerick (a) and most recently against Sligo Rovers (h).
Unbeaten in their last seven league games in Inchicore as well, Saints’ manager Liam Buckley admitted to stpatsfc.com that his side are looking to maintain momentum from their recent wins, albeit they face a difficult challenge against Derry on Friday.
St Pat's: No major concerns, with Owen Garvan available for selection after recovering from a recent illness.
Derry City: Portsmouth-bound Ronan Curtis is a doubt ahead of the Richmond Park encounter, while Conor McDermott and Nicky Low are also concerns.
Liam Buckley (St Pat's): "Derry have been superb at home in the new Brandywell and are one of the top teams in the division. We had a really good win on Tuesday against Sligo and we are hoping to continue this good run of form into each game."
Kenny Shiels (Derry City): "It has been difficult to pick the players up after the defeat to Dundalk as they are still a bit flat," said Shiels on the BBC website.
"We are under strength for the St Pat's match with Ronan Curtis carrying a knee injury and Conor McDermott and Nicky Low also doubtful."
Waterford FC v Limerick FC, RSC, 7.45pm
The division's surprise package have drawn their last two games on the road, against Shamrock Rovers and Bray, and will hope to get back to winning ways on home soil.
The visit of Limerick marks the midway point of their Premier Division season, with Alan Reynolds' side having won 10 of their 17 games so far which included beating Limerick in the opening meeting between the sides at the end of March.
Courtney Duffus and Paul Keegan struck either side of half-time in the Market’s Field to give the Blues a 2-0 win. Limerick slipped to a 1-0 loss against St Pat's last week and are second from bottom.
Waterford FC: The Blues are again without John Kavanagh (knee) and Garry Comerford (foot). Kenny Browne is still struggling with a hip problem and is expected to miss out.
Limerick FC: To follow
Alan Reynolds (Waterford FC): "Limerick will prove another challenge for us. We’ve beaten them once already away from home but they’ll come here looking for a win and we have to be ready for that. They’ve only narrowly lost their last two games and have been improving so we’re aware of that and will be ready to go."
Tommy Barrett (Limerick FC): To follow