Longford Town v Finn Harps, Bishopsgate, 7.30pm

Longford Town and Finn Harps are in desperate need of points ahead of their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash later.

Longford sit at the foot of the table as they have done since early June. The gap to this evening's visitors is 12 points and while there are still 36 points up for grabs this season, you get the sense that Longford will pick up few of them.

There are 13 games to go but their solitary victory this season came on the opening night of the campaign against Derry, and they've managed just four points from their last 13 games.

In their most recent game they were beaten by leaders Shamrock Rovers thanks to a 95th-minute winner scored by defender Liam Scales - when your luck's out, your luck's out.

But a bounce in form has to start somewhere, and a clash with the team directly above them in the table will be seen as the ideal visitor by manager Daire Doyle.

Ollie Horgan will hope his players can build on last week's derby win

Harps, for their part, picked up a massive morale-boosting victory last weekend in the north-west derby against Sligo Rovers.

Before that, they had just two points from their previous eight games and it looked like they were heading for the usual promotion/relegation play-off fixture.

But that win should give them confidence to move out of the bottom two and towards safety. It'll be a big ask though with Waterford, who have surged into form, particularly since the start of July, Dundalk and Drogheda ahead of them.

Manager Ollie Horgan will know that victory later will move them 15 clear of Longford, and in that they should be safe from any threat of automatic relegation.

The clubs have met twice this season. They drew 0-0 at Bishopsgate in April, while all of the scoring was done inside 17 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Ballybofey in June.

Team news

Longford Town: Darragh Nugent and Dean Williams return to the squad after not being eligible to play against their parent club, Shamrock Rovers, last week.

Dean Byrne (ankle) and Shane Elworthy (hamstring) remain on the injury list for at least another two weeks.

Finn Harps: Mark Timlin will miss the trip through injury. Mark Coyle is suspended after being sent off at the Showgrounds last weekend. Stephen Doherty, Karl O'Sullivan and Adam Foley are doubts.

What they said

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps manager): "There has been very little between the two sides in both games this season and Saturday night will be no different. Any side that can push Shamrock Rovers up until the last kick of the game, on three separate occasions no less, has a lot of quality about them and Longford will be well up for the fight.

"We rode our luck at times in Sligo but we've played a lot better in games and lost, so it was a big lift to come away with the three points. We need to build on that now and start putting some results together if we want to have a chance of moving up the table."

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