Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

It's derby day. Can Shamrock Rovers finally get a win in this fixture? They need to if they're to keep alive their title hopes, but Bohs will be desperate to maintain a remarkable run against their arch rivals of seven wins and a draw in their last eight meetings.

The last time the Hoops won a Dublin derby against the Gypsies was in May 2017. They're second in the table and unbeaten in 10 domestic games, four points off Dundalk having played two games more. A loss tonight would all but end their aspirations of reeling in the Lilywhites.

Team news

Shamrock Rovers: Dylan Watts picked up knock midweek and will be assessed. Neil Farrugia is still unavailable but Joey O'Brien could return.

Bohemians: Conor Levingston and Keith Ward are both 50/50 with groin strains. Ryan Graydon (ankle) is a doubt. Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) and Dinny Corcoran (ankle) are out.

What they say

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers manager): "We've just got to concentrate on what we do well and approach it in the same manner. We're going into it to win the game and win three points.

"It's a big Dublin derby and our fans have been brilliant all year, travelling in their numbers up and down the country and across Europe. I'm sure they'll come out in their numbers again tomorrow night and it has the makings of a really good game."

Derek Pender (Bohemians captain): "The Dublin derbies are great occasions to play in for both sets of players. It's a game every player wants to be involved in. People go on about the record, but that's not something we can think about.

"Each game is a new one and you can't be thinking about previous meetings. We know how important these games are important to fans. But we're under no illusions as to how tough a game it will be."


Cork City v Sligo Rovers, Turner's Cross, 7:45pm

It's a first game in charge for Neale Fenn as he looks to move Cork further up the league table now that their FAI Cup journey is at an end.

Sligo are just above them, though Liam Buckley's side are without a league win since 1 July.       

Team news

Cork City: Conor McCarthy is ruled out through suspension, while on the injury front, City are still without Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary. 

Sligo Rovers: Niall Morahan returns to the squad following injury. Johnny Dunleavy and Danny Kane are set for late fitness tests. There are no suspensions.

What they say

Neale Fenn (Cork City manager): "It's very important (to get off to a winning start) just from a morale point of view, and for the crowd. It’s a big game for us.

"It’s a chance for the boys now to play their way into the team and try to stay there until the end of the season and I’m sure they’ll be up for it; I’m really looking forward to it.

"I’m expecting a tough game. Liam Buckley’s teams always try and play, they’ve got some good players and they scored 6 in the cup last week. It’s going to be tough but that’s what I’m here for."

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager): "After the slow start I thought we were comfortable for the rest of the game against Limerick and it was a good win in the end. The Cup is very much off the agenda now because we have two big games over this weekend that will be key for the rest of our season.

"We have that small lead over Cork and if we can get a positive result it will set us up to stay ahead of them. I want us to finish ahead of all of the teams below us in the table and we'll need some good results to do so. We’d like to get as close to the teams above us as possible too.

"There is a bit of spring in the players after the win last week. It will be a busy period over the next few weeks and while we don’t have huge numbers that doesn’t bother me because the group we have are working extremely hard and relishing the training and the matches."


UCD v Dundalk, UCD Bowl, 7:45pm

Four days after easing past UCD at Oriel Park, Dundalk face the same opposition again as they look to tighten their grip on the top  spot in the league.

Vinny Perth's men have a domestic treble in their sights and will be in no mood to give the bottom-of-the-table Students a helping hand in their battle to beat the drop.

Team news

Dundalk: John Mountney is out with an ankle injury and he will continue to be assessed with an update on his condition due early next week. Andy Boyle faces a late fitness test with a tight hamstring but everyone else in the squad is fit and ready.

What they say

Brian Gartland (Dundalk captain): "There's nine games left. There's a lot to play for. We'll just take it one game at a time. If we look after ourselves, we'll do the business. That's how we've always operated over the years. Hopefully, we'll do the job and finish off the league."


Waterford FC v Derry City, RSC, 7:45pm 

If results go their way, Derry could leapfrog Bohs into third spot tonight.

The Candystripes are three points off the Gypsies but a win at the RSC will at the very least turn the heat up on Keith Long's men. The two sides clash at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on 20 September. 

Team News

Waterford: Rory Feely, Dean Walsh and Kenny Browne are injured. Cory Galvin is sick, Karolis Chvedukas is suspended after his sending off midweek.

Derry City: Greg Sloggett (ankle) is out though the extent of that injury is not as bad as first feared and he could return within two weeks.

What they say

Alan Reynolds (Waterford manager): "We come into the [Derry City] game after an encouraging performance on Tuesday night in Tallaght Stadium. Going to Shamrock Rovers is never easy but we battled hard, kept our shape well and could have got a point late in the game.

"That was exactly the performance, work rate and heart that I wanted from the players. They spoke during the week together as a group of players and they knew they needed to up their game which they have done, so that's what we need to bring into the game." 

Declan Devine (Derry City manager): "If we win seven games, we'll be in Europe," he told the Derry Journal.  "All we need to do now is make sure we up our game. We have 60 days left over the course of a nine months season. There's going to be twists and turns. The potential is that in a couple of weeks time Bohs will be three, four or six points ahead of us with us not having a game coming into the League Cup final. That’s grand.


Finn Harps v St Patrick's Athletic, Finn Park, 8pm

It's been a tough week for the Saints. They parted company with manager Harry Kenny after their 3-1 loss to UCD in the FAI Cup.

Second-from-bottom Harps come into this one with a six-point advantage over UCD.

Team news

Finn Harps: Mark Russell is suspended for the Pat's visit while Nathan Boyle and Mark Timlin are doubtful. Michael Gallagher and Ciaran Gallagher have been on the long term injury list.

St Patrick's Athletic:  Mikey Drennan (suspended) and the injured Jamie Lennon are unavailable.

What they say

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps manager): "Our lads need to back to the level we were at before the two defeats. Look we have played St Pat's three times already in the league this year and they have won twice and the other game was a draw. We have put in a lot of work to be ready for Friday night. Now our players have go out and deliver on the field."

Ger O'Brien (St Pat's director of football): "We spoke as a group on Monday about the defeat to UCD and the players know they have to do better. We have had a good week of training and the focus all week has been on ourselves in improving things. We have to be focused in order to bounce back with a result."