St Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk, Richmond Park, 5:30pm.

Pats entertain league leaders Dundalk at Inchicore  this evening. Harry Kenny's side have hit a little dip, losing four of their last five games, including the two Europea League games against Norrkoping.

Dundalk have a five point lead at the top of the table, and with a game less played than Shamrock Rovers in second, it might be easy for minds to drift towards Wednesday's Champions League qualifier second-leg against Qarabag.

That might present the hosts with the chance to repeat their win when these clubs last played at Richmond Park back in April, when a Daniel Cleary own-goal proved to be the difference between the sides.

Team news

St Patrick's Athletic: Striker Gary Shaw and midfielder Conor Clifford return after they missed out on last week's Dublin derby against Bohemians. New signing Glen McAuley awaits international clearance ahead of the game, while defender Simon Madden is a doubt

Dundalk: Robbie Benson, Jordan Flores, and Stephen Folan are out.

What they say

Glen McAuley (New St Pats signing): "I hope that I can come in and score some goals and play well for the team and help us achieve our goals. I think the League of Ireland has progressed in the years that I have been away so I hope to get playing and enjoy my football."

John Gill (Dundalk first team coach): "It's going to be tough against St. Patrick's Athletic. We haven't been in league action in a while but we need to play games.

"We want to win the league again and to do that we need to win matches like this so we will be going to make changes, we will freshen things up but hopefully we can go to Richmond and get the three points. "

Sligo Rovers v Bohemians, The Showgrounds, 8pm.

Ten points off a top four finish, Sligo have to start picking up victories if they want to challenge for European places. They've one win in their last eight league games, and lost Liam Kerrigan and Jack Keaney to UCD this month.

Bohs have been in good form of late, bar a disappointing result at Belfield, which was later compounded when it emerged that they had played the suspended Danny Mandroiu.

They bounced back well against Pats last weekend, and they'll be hoping to build on that, and put some distance between themselves and Derry in fourth.

Team news

Sligo Rovers: Ronan Murray, Johnny Dunleavy, and Niall Morahan face late fitness tests. New loan signing Niall Watson (Accrington Stanley) has received clearance and is available to play. 

Bohemians: Derek Pender and Danny Mandroiu return from suspension. Aaron Barry, Rob Cornwall ,and Danny Grant all returned to full training last week and all are in contention against Sligo. Andre Wright has international clearance, and is open for selection

Dinny Corcoran and Cristian Magerusan are definitely out.

What they say

Liam Buckley (Sligo manager): "We could go both ways in the table, up or down, so there's an incentive of course. We didn’t perform well enough last week but we’ve shown previously we can get to a much better level.

"There’s a lot left for us in the season, we’ve got the Cup and our league position is up in the air so I expect that the group to be thinking about our future and their future."

Rob Cornwall (Bohs defender): We've got ourselves into a good position but we have to be at it every game to stay there. Sligo have already beaten us this season. Liam Buckley has won everything there is to win as a manager in this league so we know we are in for another tough game."

Rovers are going for a fourth win in eleven days

Sunday 28 July

Cork City v Shamrock Rovers, Turner's Cross, 4pm.

Seán McLoughlin is the latest player to leave Cork this season, with his transfer to Hull having been confirmed yesterday. It's been a difficult season for City, but they're not in danger of being sucked into a relegation dogfight.

Shamrock Rovers travel to Cork in a rich vein of form tomorrow. They won three games in eight days, concluding with Thursday's impressive Europa League qualifier against Limassol.

Stephen Bradley has maintained that they're still in the fight for the title, and three points tomorrow are a must if that sentiment is to ring true.

Team news

Cork City: Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary are both definitely ruled out, while Shane Griffin and Kevin O'Connor are doubts. Karl Sheppard and Garry Buckley both miss out through suspension.

Shamrock Rovers: to come

Gaffer talk

John Cotter (Cork head coach): "Rovers are a good side; they are where they are for a reason. They have a lot of good players and a lot of options, so we know we need to be disciplined and defend well, but we still need to see where we can hurt them as well."

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers manager): "We need to focus now on Cork, go there and get three points. There's still a lot to play for in the league.

"Then we'll focus on the second-leg."