SATURDAY

Dundalk v Finn Harps, Oriel Park, 4pm

Dundalk welcome Finn Harps to Oriel Park on Saturday, for their first league game in two weeks.

A 3-1 defeat to Shamrock Rovers on the 2 July was quickly put to bed as the Lillywhites strolled to a 5-0 aggregate victory over Newtown AFC in the Europa Conference League.

That European break means that Dundalk come into the game on a high and will be looking for a win that would lift them about Derry City into sixth.

Harps come into the game short of form and without a win in their last seven games.

A 1-0 defeat to Waterford last time out saw them drift closer towards the bottom two and they'll be eager to turn things around quickly to ensure they don't get dragged into a relegation fight.

Team news

Dundalk: The Lilywhites were without Patrick Hoban, Sean Murray and Cameron Dummigan for their European game due to a Covid-19 outbreak and the trio could miss the game with Harps.

Finn Harps: Kosovar Sadiki is available after missing Harps' previous game through suspension. Johnny Dunleavy, Mark Coyle and Ryan Rainey are doubts. Assistant Manager Paul Hegarty will be forced to watch from the stands after his sending off at Drogheda.

What they said

Michael Duffy (Dundalk winger): "Finn Harps have been hard for us this year and even back last year we didn't beat them at Oriel so we know what to expect on the day and what they do.

"They beat us at Oriel earlier in the season and we weren't happy with that but this is now and we have got a bit of form going, we are more consistent right now.

"We want to carry that form into the game on Saturday. It’s important that we keep the league form up and hopefully we can go on a good run. Hopefully we can start with that on Saturday."

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps manager): "Oriel Park is a very difficult place to go at the best of times and we've been on the wrong end of a few beatings there over the years.

They have plenty of quality in the squad and they’ll be eager to get points on the board and start moving up the table. We’ll need to be at our very best to have a chance of coming away with anything but we’ll take a cut off it and see what happens come Saturday evening."


SUNDAY

Bohemians v Longford, Dalymount Park, 4pm

Bohemians don't have much time to enjoy their stunning Europa Conference victory over Stjarnan and are quickly back into the bread and butter of the league with a home clash against Longford on Sunday.

Bohemians cantered into the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League with a 3-0 win in which Dawson Devoy was once again the star of the show.

Winning 3-2 against Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic last time out in the league, Bohs will come into this game full of belief.

Longford go into Sunday's game off the back of a 1-1 draw at Bishopsgate with Drogheda United. Dylan Grimes' 76th minute equaliser secured a vital point for De Town in the pursuit of Waterford up the table.

Last time at Dalymount, a Conor Davis double in the last 15 minutes of the game completed a fightback for De Town and secured a point for the club in the second game of the season. Bohemians, however, made amends when they visited Bishopsgate in May, winning 2-0 convincingly.

Team news

Bohemians: Stephen Mallon (hip) and Promise Omochere (quad) missed Wednesday's European game and are doubts.

Longford Town: Mick McDonnell is suspended while Dylan Grimes and Callum Warfield are both out injured.

Waterford v Sligo Rovers, the RSC, 4pm

Waterford's survival push continues apace as they welcome Sligo Rovers to the RSC on Sunday.

A hugely important 1-0 victory over bottom side Longford last Friday put real daylight between the two teams and suddenly has Waterford looking up the table towards Finn Harps.

Having taken seven points from their last four games, Waterford are in their best form of the season.

All of which spells a potential banana skin for a Sligo Rovers side still smarting from their European Conference exit at the hands of Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjordur.

The Bit O' Red were left bemoaning missed chances and opportunities against Hafnarfjordur as they went down 2-1 at the Showgrounds on Thursday, losing 3-1 on aggregate.

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