There is one match in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division tonight, with a major opportunity for both Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps in a north-west derby game. 

Sligo can go third in the table with a victory tonight, with Dundalk not playing due to international call-ups in their game with Derry City.

It would add to a remarkable turnaround by Liam Buckley's side, with four wins from five in the league since the restart

Harps can move off the bottom of the table with a point after Cork City leapfrogged them on Saturday. 

A win would drag a host of sides further into the mix, including St Patrick's Athletic and Derry, who are currently just four points clear of Ollie Horgan's men.

But such is the nature of the division, Sligo would be just two points ahead of their neighbours if they fell to defeat. 

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm,

Victory for Finn Harps on the opening night of the season pointed to a difficult year ahead for Sligo, and a more promising year for the Donegal side. 

The Bit O' Red would go on to lose three further fixtures before the league was halted by Covid-19. Since the resumption, they have arguably played the best football in the division. 

Harps have finally got going after a slow restart, including away wins against Waterford and then Bray Wanderers in the FAI Cup. 

It leaves a lot of intrigue in this fixture. 

Team news

Sligo Rovers: Danny Kane (ankle), Darren Collins (ankle), Sigitas Olberkis (hamstring) and Johnny Dunleavy (knee) are out.

Alex Cooper (ankle) is a doubt and will be tested pre-game. Kyle Callan-McFadden has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in the UCD game. John Mahon could make his first appearance since suffering a broken leg seven months ago. Garry Buckley could also come back in after being injured on 31 July. 

Finn Harps: Mark Timlin is out. Karl O'Sullivan, Leo Donnellan and David Webster are doubtful. 

What they said

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager): "The first game was a disappointing outcome. It led on to us being bottom of the table for months on end which didn't sit well with any of us. We’ve moved up the table somewhat but we can still improve.

"With the way things are, you can quickly find yourself back down there, or you can move further up. We look at things on a game-by-game basis and we know how difficult this will be because of that night last February.

"Harps have picked up more results recently which isn’t a surprise, so this is another hard game as they all are.

"We are a work in progress, there is room for improvement, I have no doubt about it. Collectively there is still a lot more to come and we are seeing it in patches. We'd like to find that on a consistent basis."

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps manager): "Look we'll be up against it, there’s no doubt about that. Sligo have been the form team since the restart and have serious quality with the likes of Ronan Coughlan, David Cawley and Jesse Devers who was with us once upon a time. They will be full of confidence and expecting a win.

"Last weekend’s cup win was a boost, you’d always prefer to win, but if we’re being honest we’d swap it in a heartbeat for three points in the league.

"Having a derby game without the fans will be a miss but I’m sure Sligo would rather have their crowd in behind them too so we’re both in the same boat."