Cork City v Shamrock Rovers Turner's Cross, 2pm (live on WatchLOI)

Shamrock Rovers ended a run of two goal-less draws with a derby win over Bohemians last time out.

They will have been further boosted by Bohs' home defeat to Waterford last night, John Sheridan's last game in charge of the Blues, which gives the league leaders the chance to pull eight points clear with seven games left.

Cork took one point from their travels to Shelbourne and Derry and could do with one here as they seek to get out of the relegation places but Rovers beat them 2-1 in the FAI Cup 12 days ago.

The Rebels come into the game off the back of last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Shelbourne at Tolka Park.

Team news

Cork City: Alan Bennett joins Olowu, Kargbo and Honohan on the injury list. Ricardo Dinanga picked up a knock in the U19s game last weekend might be fit.

Shamrock Rovers: No new injuries and Sean Kavanagh (knee) has resumed training.

What they said

Neale Fenn (Cork City manager): "We've got to play without fear, and not be too worried about them. We just need to concentrate on how we're going to play and how we're going to set up. We've set ourselves a target of how many points we want to get from the remaining games, so we're focusing on that at the minute.

"Momentum-wise, a draw against Rovers would be good result, in terms of going to play Dundalk with a bit of confidence. Would I take a draw now? Probably not. We want to go out and win the game."

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers manager): "Very similar to before we played them in Tallaght when we said they're a dangerous team to play, with some dangerous players. I don’t see that changing.

"It’s going to be a difficult game but one that we’re ready for. We’re full of confidence and we’ll look to go down there and impose our game as quickly as possible and try and get three points."

St Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers, Richmond Park, 5pm (live on WatchLOI)

Two teams with very different fortunes since the league resumed in July.

St Pat's have taken just five points in their six subsequent Premier Division games while Sligo have won five of theirs, and also beat UCD in the FAI Cup. 

As a result, the Saints are now flirting dangerously with relegation, and the Bit O'Red, one of the teams most vocally against the drop applying this year, could be in the European places by this evening with a win. Though admittedly, just four points separate the sides.

The hosts will be hoping for a repeat of their February meeting at the Showgrounds when Stephen O'Donnell's side claimed the points thanks to a 2-0 victory.

Team news

St Pat's: The hosts report a clean bill of health.

Sligo Rovers: Danny Kane (ankle), Darren Collins (ankle), Sigitas Olberkis (hamstring) and Johnny Dunleavy (knee) are out. Alex Cooper returns from a hamstring problem.

What they said

Stephen O'Donnell (St Pat's manager): "Liam (Buckley) has a real history with Pat's and was really successful here so we will welcome him back to Inchicore with his Sligo team.

"We are hoping to get back on track and with eight games to go, we want to go on a bit of a run and propel ourselves into the top half of the table with a view to getting up towards the European spots. 

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager): 

"There wasn't a lot in the game last Monday, it was an important win when you factor in the league table and how things are.

"It’s a hard, hard league and every game is a big ask. Looking back on Pat’s last week, the scoreline did not reflect the game, it wasn’t a 3-0 match (at Waterford). They’re right in the mix as all the teams are."

First Division fixtures

Cobh Ramblers v U.C.D, St. Colman's Park, 7pm

Longford Town v Drogheda United, Bishopsgate, 7.30 pm

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