Sligo Rovers v Derry City, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Saturday evening at The Showgrounds will see two sides in contrasting form go head-to-head.

Hosts Sligo Rovers have slipped back towards the upper mid-table mix after three 1-0 defeats on the trot to Bohemians, Finn Harps and Waterford.

On the other hand, Derry City have suddenly found a rich vein of form with a trio of victories in a row without conceding a goal, since they lost 4-2 to Shamrock Rovers on 16 July.

As things stand in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table, that upturn has seen the Candystripes climb up to fifth and within four points of third-placed Sligo who admittedly do have two games in hand.

Team news

Sligo: Greg Bolger, who is working his way back from a knee injury, and Robbie McCourt (wrist) have been ruled out, while Shane Blaney is a doubt.

New signing Andre Wright, formerly of Bohemians, is not available for selection.

Derry: The Candystripes have no new injuries to contend with. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe will return to the squad but Marc Walsh remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

What they said

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers manager): "Derry have had a few good results so we know how hard it is each week in the league. That said, it has to be a case of bring it on now and we face it head on.

"We have had high points and low points in the season and there is no doubt this is a difficult one. We have to face the next 14 games with a mindset that there is a lot to achieve in the season because there certainly is that."

Ruaidhri Higgins (Derry City manager): "(Sligo) are third in the table for a reason and we're fully aware that it will be a difficult night for us. You get nothing down there unless you earn it and we will have to be switched on from the start."