Shamrock Rovers v Sligo Rovers, Tallaght Stadium, 7.45pm, (live on WatchLOI)

The remarkable unbeaten run by Shamrock Rovers finally ended last Friday as Dundalk ended 18 months of the Hoops not falling to defeat.

Now that they have suffered a loss, it will be interesting to see the response and more so when it is in-form Sligo Rovers travelling to Dublin.

Sligo are just two points behind the Hoops going into this game and while their target this season was European football, victory here could really bring talk of a title tilt.

The Dublin Rovers are injury-hit but have a good record against the Bit O'Red at this venue.

Team news

Shamrock Rovers: Chris McCann, Ronan Finn and Graham Burke are all doubtful with injuries.

Sligo Rovers: David Cawley is out with a groin problem. Danny Kane has returned to training and is set to come into contention for the Finn Harps game with this one coming too soon. Darren Collins is ruled out with an ankle problem. Greg Bolger returns from suspension to face his former side.

What they said

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers manager): "It was strange to lose [to Dundalk, on Friday night] because on many fronts it was a really good performance. Everything we do on the night suggests that we should win the game. Nine times out of 10 when you play that way and create the chances that we created you win the game.

"We're obviously disappointed that we've lost the game but that's the way it goes sometimes and we've just got to move on and get ready for Sligo.

"I said last year I thought Sligo's position was false and I thought they were a very good side. We've seen evidence of that this year because they have good attacking players. They've shown on a number of occasions this year that they can score goals and create problems so they're a good side."

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager): "We know it's going to be a tough game and we go there looking to make it as difficult as we can for Shamrock Rovers. I feel this will be a very tight game. It was certainly like that in Sligo.

"Obviously Shamrock Rovers were beaten on Friday which ended the run they had. All good things must come to an end so it was going to happen at some stage. We've looked at that game and they had lots of chances over the 90 minutes. We know they’re a top side and the defeat doesn’t change anything.

"Of course you see the table where it’s first against second here but as I said to the boys, the game is about three points just as the Longford game was. I do think we have improved over a period of time.

"Greg Bolger returns which is a big plus and we only have two or three players unavailable so we'll have a strong XI and a strong bench."

Bohemians v Dundalk, Dalymount Park, 5.45pm (live on WatchLOI)

After months of misery at Oriel Park, Dundalk finally brought smiles to the faces of their fans last Friday with a surprise victory.

Remarkably, it was just a third win of the campaign for the Lilywhites and while it brought relief and joy on a night of protests against chairman Bill Hulsizer, many more wins are needed with the top three still 10 points away.

Bohs were unfortunate to lose in Richmond Park as their resurgence took a hit with an injury-time penalty. Results elsewhere didn't go their way so this is a key match in resuming the chase for a European spot.

Team news

Bohemians: Stephen Mallon remains out with a metatarsal injury.

Dundalk: The Lilywhites travel without Pat Hoban (calf), Daniel Cleary (torn quadriceps tendon), and Brian Gartland (knee). Sonni Nattestad will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

What they said

Jim Magilton (Dundalk interim manager): "The lads were magnificent to a man against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night. Their work rate, grit, determination - all the dirty words that help win a game of football against a top class side - were evident.

"We can't rest on our laurels. The lads know that this could be a start but if we don’t go and present ourselves (again) then the win over Rovers was a waste. We’ve set standards so we have to maintain them now."


Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic, Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, 5.45pm (live on WatchLOI)

Both sides enjoyed wins on Friday as friends and former colleagues Ruaidhri Higgins and Stephen O'Donnell face off.

The Candystripes looked like they'd have an easy night in Waterford but faced a tough second half at the RSC. Ronan Boyce ensured they came away with the points.

The Saints showed their mettle with a late win in Inchicore and defeat for Shamrock Rovers narrowed the gap to just three points.

With the top two meeting tonight, it's a chance for Pat's to make a big move.

Team news

Derry City: David Parkhouse and Danny Lafferty available again after suspension. Marc Walsh (hamstring) remains a doubt.

St Patrick's Athletic: Cian Kelly (foot) remains out but has stepped up his rehab in recent days, Darragh Burns and Jay McClelland are both nursing knee injuries.

What they said

Ruaidhri Higgins (Derry City manager): "Stevie knows the league inside out and he has brought in some fantastic players this season. They're two points off the top and they’re up there for a reason.

"It’s another huge test for us but we’ve been playing well ourselves and we will approach the game in a positive frame of mind."

Stephen O'Donnell (St Patrick's Athletic manager): "We're delighted that we got the three points (against Bohemians) but we’ve got no time to dwell on what was a great victory.

"Derry had a good win themselves against Waterford and they’ll be buoyed by that so it should be a good game on Monday and it’s one we are looking forward to."


Drogheda United v Longford Town, Head In The Game Park, 7.45pm (live on WatchLOI)

Dane Massey's injury-time goal continued the fantastic vibes around Drogheda and firmed up their position in fourth place as the made in three wins on the bounce.

While it may not come from their camp, talk could soon turn to European qualification if they maintain this form and especially with struggling Longford visiting tonight.

Town gave it their all against Sligo but were once again ruing a lack of threat up front. For all their effort and quality, they didn't look like scoring.

Failure to win since the opening day is becoming a burden. They need to change that soon.

Team news

Drogheda United: Gary Deegan is back after serving a suspension. Mark Hughes and Dinny Corcoran remain however while Hugh Douglas, Jake Hyland and Brandon Bermingham are doubts.

Longford Town: Late calls will be made on Aaron McNally, Matthew O'Brien, Aaron McCabe and Calum Warfield are all doubts. Shane Elworthy will not feature after suffering a concussion against Sligo.

What they said

Tim Clancy (Drogheda United manager): "We're not getting carried away. Every game we've been in this season has seen very little in it. We know on Monday that if we're not at it and we don't get a little bit of luck we won't get any points.

"We've been in on Sunday and we're trying to be ready again for another huge game."

Daire Doyle (Longford Town manager): "Drogheda had a last-minute winner on Friday to make it three successive wins. They've been really good this year and all credit to them. We've played them many, many times over the last few years as both of us battled to get to this level.

"We're now at this level and we feel we will give them another good game tonight. We have a number of players that can possibly come in. We may look at mixing things up a little bit. It's another game I feel we can get something from. There is no game I feel we can't something from it."


Waterford FC v Finn Harps, RSC, 7.45pm, (live on WatchLOI)

Marc Bircham was enthused by the performance of Waterford last Friday after only training for a handful of days in a fortnight because of Covid-19 issues.

It was a spirited display by the Blues, albeit one which ended in another defeat, and home games are vital if they are to pick up points.

Harps were hit by the sucker-punch from Drogheda and will be very keen to maintain their big lead on the sides in the bottom two. Defeat could see them brought back into that picture in a league of ever-changing outlooks this season.

What they said

Marc Bircham (Waterford FC manager): "I was so proud of the players on Friday. We were unlucky and if you're going to lose, you want to lose where you leave everything on the pitch. I said to them that if they keep performing as they did on Friday they will win more games than they lose. We have to carry it into the next few weeks."

Paul Hegarty (Finn Harps assistant manager): "The players know themselves (that they were unlucky). The worst case scenario was we'd get a point and then Dane Massey scores a great free-kick. That is the way it goes sometimes. It a great feeling when on one side of it and a horrible feeling of it."