Sligo Rovers will be looking to play their way back into the title race as they take on league leaders Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds, kick-off 7:45pm.

The Bit O'Red have bounced back from their recent slump with two excellent wins over Dundalk and fellow challangers, St Patrick’s Athletic, in recent weeks, and they can move to within five points of top spot with a win over the Hoops.

Victory for Stephen Bradley’s Rovers, however, will all-but end Sligo’s involvement in the race for top honours, turning it into a two-horse race with St Pat’s.

The Hoops have had their own dip in form in recent weeks and will be looking to put in a commanding performance at the north-west venue.

Team News

Sligo Rovers: Mark Byrne (ankle) and Regan Donelon (illness) return to the group. Shane Blaney remains out with a foot problem. Johnny Kenny and Lewis Banks are doubts after picking up knocks in Tuesday’s game and will be checked pre-game.

Shamrock Rovers: Lee Grace and Neil Farrugia came back into contention last week and the manager expects to have a fully fit squad to choose from.

What they said

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers): "This game is no bigger than any other, it’s another three points on offer in the same way as any other game, and we don’t jump up and down if we win games or write things off if we don’t.

"As long as you have four days between games, it’s enough to be able to recover properly. We spoke to the players about the mental and physical challenges as we move from game-to-game, it isn’t a problem to play Tuesday-Saturday. We’ve had time to get right again.

"Shamrock Rovers have been the benchmark for the last 18 months. They’ve a good style and we’re aware of how difficult it will be. We’ve done well against them this season and again they’ve been close games."

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers): "If you look at the game in Tallaght, it was a really poor-quality game from both teams. They obviously scored the decisive goal to take the three points and the game at the Showgrounds could have gone either way, there was chances for both teams. They were both tight games and I think Saturday will be a tight game as well. We're going into it in a good space and ready for a good game."