There are two matches in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division tonight, including the meeting of Sligo Rovers and Bohemians in front of the RTÉ2 cameras in The Showgrounds. 

Tonight's games focus on the race for Europe as Derry City take on St Patrick's Athletic as well, and both those sides could be drawn into the relegation battle in this unique season.

With a congested table, Sligo have raced from the foot to fifth place, eight points clear of the drop, and the unpredictable nature of the league means it is unsure if Europe or avoiding the First Division is on the agenda. 

Most importantly, Bohs sit eight points behind Shamrock Rovers as they take the trip to the north-west. Any further dropped points will surely end hopes of a shock title win. 


Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic, Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, 5.45pm, WATCHLOI.ie

Declan Devine was very disappointed by Derry City's showing against Finn Harps last Sunday. A rather toothless display ended in a 0-0 draw, as the Donegal side looked more likely to score.

This is a key game for both teams as the Saints are in a similar position, wondering when their season will catch fire, and worse could it end in flames if sucked into the relegation mire. 

Goals have been a major issue for Pat's. This could be a nervy encounter. 

Team news

Derry City: Derry were without Joe Thomson, Gerardo Bruna and Ally Gilchrist at Finn Park last time and the manager admits that trio are unlikely to figure on Friday night.

St Patrick's Athletic: x

What they said

Declan Devine (Derry City manager):  "We'll have to be a lot better than we were on Sunday to get anything from this game, that’s for sure" he suggested.

"We had to have an honest look at ourselves this week and we’ve done that. There isn’t too much time to dwell on what’s gone however. It’s all about our reaction now, especially against a quality side like St. Pat’s."

Stephen O'Donnell (St Patrick's Athletic manager):  x


Sligo Rovers v Bohemians, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm, RTÉ2, RTÉ Player, WATCHLOI.ie

There will be 100 supporters back in The Showgrounds to witness Sligo Rovers taking on Bohemians. 

Sligo kept just their second clean sheet of the season last week against St Patrick's Athletic and remain in the top half following their remarkable turnaround since the restart. Eyes have begun to turn to Europe and the pressure is on here to keep up with the pace. 

Bohs, after back-to-back defeats, will be keen to bounce back, and repeat their victory from earlier this season in Dalymount Park. 

Team news

Sligo Rovers:  Danny Kane (ankle), Darren Collins (ankle), Sigitas Olberkis (hamstring) and Johnny Dunleavy (knee) are out. Niall Morahan serves a one-game suspension for the red card last week.

Bohemians: xx

What they said

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager):

"This is another six-pointer, a good result could put us right up there again. We have to eke out as many results as we can, it is something we've said to the players from the start of the season. It makes all the difference. This is a stiff test, but one we are looking forward to.

"We’re expecting a tight game. One thing we would like to do compared to last week is keep possession better and use it better. That sort of improvement will be important.

"I’m delighted to have our supporters back with us, even if it is only 100. They’ve been with us every step of the way this year, even when we haven’t seen much of them because of the circumstances. We’re certainly aware of the support they give us.

"Having 100 of them behind us will mean something. In this short truncated season, we have to be grateful for every occasion."

Keith Long (Bohemians manager):  x