Finn Harps v Bohemians, Finn Park, 2pm, WatchLOI.ie
Ollie Horgan did not mince his word when describing the scheduling since the restart of the League of Ireland as "atrocious".
But the FAI Cup win over St Patrick's Athletic finally lifted morale after a poor run in the league.
Bohemians come into the game fresher and with European ambitions now turning to talk of a title challenge to arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers.
The performance against Dundalk last week brought those words, games like this will determine if it can come to fruition.
Finn Harps: Mark Timlin is out injured, while Shane McEleney, Barry McNamee, Gareth Harkin are doubts.
Bohemians: to come
What they said
Karl O'Sullivan (Finn Harps midfielder): "Confidence is definitely high after Monday. Obviously we want to get points on the board in the league but a win is always a big lift no matter where it comes from.
"It was good to get the win over Pats having lost to them on the Friday before and we'll take a lot from that. There’s been a buzz about training in the past couple of days so hopefully we can take that into the Bohs game and get a good result."
Keith Long (Bohemians manager): to come
Shelbourne v Derry City, Tolka Park, 5pm, WatchLOI.ie
These sides have been hard to work out both at the start and part two of the League of Ireland season. Shels looked ordinary in the defeat to Sligo Rovers last week, although they did create chance. Three wins and four defeats sums up their position nicely. Ian Morris will be keen to stay away from the battle at the bottom as it is becoming more and more competitive each week.
Derry were unfortunate to be beaten by Shamrock Rovers last week. Declan Devine felt it showed his side were not too far away from the standard barer in the country.
This is the type of game they need to win to kickstart their run for European qualification again. City could have one eye on their match in Europe next Tuesday in Lithuania.
Shelbourne: to come
Derry City: Declan Devine has a full squad to choose for the trip to Dublin.
What they said
Dayle Rooney (Shelbourne winger): "We both need the points because neither of us are where we want to be," he told the Irish Mirror.
"The circumstances make it a very different season but we're three games back and while it’s been up and down, we’re starting to find our feet.
"We redeemed ourselves away to Harps with 10-men and that win gave us momentum going to Sligo last week.
"But then we conceded after 30 seconds and you’re left chasing the game. But although it’s a short season, we’ve a lot to play for."
Declan Devine (Derry City manager): "They are extremely difficult to play against," he told BBC Sport. "They are aggressive in their approach and they are determined to pick up points.
"They have a lot of experience in their team and they know how to win games. You know we are going down there for a right ding-dong of a game.
"I think we can beat anybody on our day if we perform to the levels that we can. That's not being disrespectful to anybody, I just think we are a very good side."
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