There's a feeling of Déjà vu in the SSE Airtricity League today.

Dundalk host Waterford for the second time in a week, knowing their grip on the league title is weakening with each week.

Further dropped points would almost end their hopes of catching Shamrock Rovers.

Cork City face another big test in the race to avoid the drop.

Having secured a point last week, and earned a morale-boosting, and energy-sapping, victory over Longford Town on Tuesday night, the Rebels welcome in-form Sligo Rovers to Turner's Cross.

The Bit O’ Red have moved ahead of City in the table, but could find themselves below Neale Fenn’s side if the result doesn’t go their way.


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Dundalk v Waterford, Oriel Park, 5.45pm, WatchLOI.ie

The Lilywhites had to battle for 1-0 win over the Blues in the FAI Cup on Tuesday night. This is their final game before the Champions League qualifier, so result and performance are key.

John Sheridan was bullish when speaking to RTÉ Sport following the game in Oriel Park, saying he expected his players to provide competitive game against the champions. 

Team news

Dundalk: Cameron Dummigan is ruled out with an ankle injury that he picked up on Tuesday evening while Andy Boyle has a knock and won't be risked ahead of next week. Other than that, everyone is fit and ready to go.

Waterford: John Martin and Jake Davidson are available once more for manager John Sheridan, who has a clean bill of health to report.

What they said

Patrick Hoban (Dundalk forward): "Last year we started slow," the Loughrea-man told the Irish Mirror.

"We lost two on the bounce to St Pat's and Sligo and scored a last minute penalty in the next game, when everyone thought the league was over - but there was still a long way to go.

"But now it's just a short period of time left and unfortunately we have to depend on other teams to beat Rovers. 

"And when it's something like that, it's hard to take."

John Sheridan (Waterford manager):  "We competed well [on Tuesday] and it will be another tough game but we are going to come with a bit of confidence and hopefully try and get something from the game." 


Cork City v Sligo Rovers, Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm, WatchLOI.ie

After 120 minutes on Tuesday night, it is a big ask for Cork to come flying out of the traps as Sligo Rovers visit. 

However the jubilant scenes that came from Ricardo Dinanga's goal remain in the mind at Turner's Cross. 

The Bit O' Red look a different team with some new recruits but more importantly some injured players back. They are still without key men but will be in high spirits as they head south. This is a fascinating encounter. 

Team news

Cork City: Gearóid Morrissey could be involved, having returned to training this week. Cian Bargary and Cory Galvin are likely to miss out due to injuries in the Longford Town and Waterford matches.

Long-term absentees Rory Doyle and Conor Davis are also definitely out. Deshane Dalling also returns from suspension and will be available for selection.

Sligo Rovers:  John Mahon (broken leg) and Johnny Dunleavy are out (knee).

Will Seymore (hamstring) and Garry Buckley (groin) face late fitness tests. Lewis Banks is on the way back from a groin problem and will also be assessed pre-game.

Teemu Penninkangas returns from a back injury

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (pictured above) has finished his quarantine process and is now part of the group. He is in the squad on Friday.

What they said

Neale Fenn (Cork City manager): "It's a game we believe we can win, and it's a game we will try and win. It won't be easy, Sligo Rovers are a very good team with a great manager so we just need to make sure that we concentrate on ourselves and do what we can do, and we'll see how that takes us."

Fenn will be boosted by the availability of Scott Fenwick and Kit Elliott, as the pair have completed the mandatory quarantine period since arriving at the club.

"That gives us options. I've said for a while that we've been lacking in that area through injuries. Cian Murphy has been playing up there, and he's done well. Ricardo Dinanga came on, on Tuesday, and he's shown us that he can play up there, so now we have two more options."

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager):  "I think when you look at the table and where the teams are then it is a six-pointer. We're expecting a very hard game. There’s very little between seven or eight sides in the division.

"Cork got through in the FAI Cup which will lift them and they haven’t conceded a goal in consecutive games as well. Neale is trying to impose a style of play, it doesn’t happen overnight and they will improve throughout the year.

"I see more improvement in this group as well. We’re doing very well individually and it’s collectively of a passing game and ball retention that we’re looking to get up to speed.

"I do see it coming, especially since the restart, but it can get better. We’re asking for more because we know it is in us. We’ve won two games, this league will grant you no favours so we have no choice but to improve if we want to get up the table and be consistent in our performances and results."