Sligo Rovers remain in search of their first points of the season as they welcome league leaders Shamrock Rovers to The Showgrounds tonight, kick-off 8pm.
The home side have lost their opening three games of the new campaign and sit rooted to the foot of the table, while, by contrast, tonight's visitors are looking to maintain their 100 per cent winning start the season and look to make it five in a row at the northwest venue.
Sligo have not played in almost two weeks as their match last weekend was postponed as a result of the threat of Storm Jorge.
Sligo Rovers: Liam Buckley remains without a host of defenders as John Mahon (broken leg), Lewis Banks (groin) and Danny Kane (ankle) are all out injured. Regan Donelon has returned to light training following a shoulder problem, while Johnny Dunleavy has a knee problem and both will be assessed ahead of kick-off. New striker Ryan De Vries also joins the squad and is in contention to make his Bit O'Red debut.
Shamrock Rovers: Joey O'Brien is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Dean Williams is another concern ahead of the trip to Sligo. Graham Burke, Rhys Marshall and Sean Kavanagh are out too, however, Gary O'Neill returns to the squad.
Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers): "It’s going to be very difficult against a strong opposition on Saturday. We’ve worked on bits and pieces during the week to help us get something from the game. I’m sure Shamrock Rovers are coming here a confident team and a cohesive side and all of that.
"We’ve got some good players as well and we will show that ability. Ryan De Vries has trained with us for a couple of days, he’s going to add to what we have here. We’ll see what role he will play in this game. There are some factors to consider there.
"It’s not going to be easy and it’s one of the most difficult games in a hard league but we’re going to be ready for it."
Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers): "We know that our results in Sligo haven't been good enough from our point of view. They always get a good crowd and they get behind them so we know it's going to be difficult but we're going there fully focused with a game plan to go and win three points.
"I just think we need to go there and perform like we have been, respect that it's going to be a difficult game and be ready to work hard to get the three points, even if that takes us until the 93rd minute to get a goal, we'll have to be ready to fight to the end.
"I've watched all their games and there was nothing in them really. In the St Pat's game there wasn't much in it and in the Bohemians game they had chances as well. We know the threats they have but we'll go there fully focused."