Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic, Tallaght Stadium, kick-off 8pm

The SSE Premier Division resumes following a week of FAI Cup action and it does not get any bigger as Shamrock Rovers take on St Patrick's Athletic.

The Hoops top the table going into this game, albeit only on goal difference, and it is a chance for both sides to stake their claim on the league title.

Rovers edged St Pat's 2-1 the last time the two sides met in the league at Richmond Park, while the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the season at Tallaght Stadium.

Team News

Shamrock Rovers: Danny Mandroiu, Chris McCann and Sean Hoare return to the squad. Neil Farrugia remains a long-term absentee.

St Patrick's Athletic: Matty Smith serves a one-match ban, while Shane Griffin (shoulder) could be available as his recovery continues to progress. Adam Murphy misses the game through injury.

What they said

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers): "Pat's have had a good season so far. They're up and around the top and have been from the start so we know they're a good side. We know what they'll bring to Tallaght. We've got to be ready for that and I'm sure we will.

"Dublin derbies always make the games tight. They're always tight, competitive games. That's been the case the last few years and I don't see Friday being any different."

Stephen O'Donnell (St Pat's): "It's a good game, they always are good games against Rovers. We're going to Tallaght which is a great place to play, it's lovely surface and a great arena so it's a match we are really looking forward to.

"We are just going like we are every other week to try and put on a performance in the sense of application, intensity and honesty and see where that takes us. That's what the players have done throughout the season and they have been brilliant in that regard."

Drogheda United v Waterford, Head in the Game Park, kick-off 7:45pm

Drogheda United host Waterford in tonight's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash at Head in the Game Park.

The home side can move back into the top four in the table with a victory over the Munster side.

The visitors are looking to maintain their impressive recent league form which has seen them pull away from Longford at the foot of the table.

Set-piece expert Dane Massey misses out for Drogheda United

Team News

Drogheda United: James Brown and Dane Massey are suspended following their red cards against Derry City last weekend, while Chris Lyons misses out through injury.

Waterford: Prince Mutswunguma and Niall O'Keeffe return from suspension, while Eddie Nolan, Matthew Connor and Kyle Ferguson are doubts. Brian Murphy, Daryl Murphy and Oscar Brennan miss out.

What they said

Marc Bircham (Waterford): "Our league form has been good so we want to keep that going on Friday. Drogheda are having a good season so we know they can cause us problems. It was a tight game at the start of the season before I was here but we know we can compete against any team on their day."