There are just two games later in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League, owing to this week's European action, and the switch to last night of the clash between UCD and Bohemians at Belfield.

Dundalk travel south for the Louth derby in excellent form, having dropped just six points in their last 10 games. Their haul of 24 points in that time has moved them up to second in the table, but the gap leaders Shamrock Rovers is still 10 points.

The Lilywhites do have two games in hand though, and they'll want to maintain their momentum and put up a real title challenge before the season is out.

Drogheda meanwhile are in a real no man's land in the table. They're 10 points clear of the relegation play-off place, but they're also 13 points off fourth place, and the potential for European soccer next season.

They're unlikely to be drawn into a proper battle to avoid the drop, unless Finn Harps can really start to find some form, but equally European qualification might already be beyond them.

Harps have a good record against Shels this season

In the night's other game, Shelbourne will be looking to put a terrible run of form behind them.

Damien Duff's charges have managed just one point from their last four games. Added to that, their record against Finn Harps is really poor this season. Two games, two defeats, four goals conceded, and not a goal scored.

Finn Harps are surely, even at this stage, heading for the promotion/relegation play-off. They're more likely to be caught by UCD, and their meetings with the Students - next month, and in late October - could still act to define their season.

The one recent bright spark in their campaign was a comeback, 2-2 draw with St Patrick's Athletic as they came from two-down late on to snatch the point, but it's one of just two from their last eight games.

Drogheda United v Dundalk, Head in the Game Park, 7.45pm

Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell says their first meeting with Drogheda was a blotch on their card this season, despite their recent run of victories.

"We have had a good training week," he said.

"We are unbeaten in the last ten – eight wins and two draws. We have only lost two of our twenty one matches which is great form for any team.

"We have been hard to beat and have been in brilliant form the past few months and that is something we want to continue.

"One of those losses has been in Drogheda so we don't need any reminder of how difficult it will be going there. "

O'Donnell is reported to be giving a number of players an opportunity to prove their fitness before kick off, while Drogheda have no new injury concerns.

Shelbourne v Finn Harps, Tolka Park, 7.45pm

Shelbourne manager Damie Duff says his team are heading in the right direction, despite their recent poor run of results.

"I think we've been steadily improving over the season - not just at home," he said.

"Listen Ollie will come down here believing they can win, and rightly so, but we have to stand tall to that. I hope we can deliver for the fans tomorrow - a performance and the three points.

"Training has been good this week and despite results being semi-disappointing, I feel the lads are in good form and we’re looking forward to tomorrow."

Damien Duff will be looking for more consistency from his team

Shels will be without Daniel Hawkins and Sean McSweeney through injury and have no suspensions. Mark Coyle, however, returns to the match day squad.

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan says that the fact that his side have won the previous two meetings of the sides this season will stand for little later on.

"Our head to head record means nothing tomorrow night. A look at the table is all you need to see the task ahead of us.

"Shelbourne have quite a few big wins already this season and were probably unlucky in the Showgrounds last time out to come away with nothing. They've hit their stride while we’re still looking to put together some consistency and more importantly points on the board. I felt we did well against Rovers last week but moral victories are no good to us if we want to stay in the division.

"Our away support this season has been tremendous and we’ll need them again to give us a boost if things aren’t going our way at Tolka Park tomorrow night."

In team news David Webster misses out through injury, while Ryan Rainey and Eric McWoods are doubts. Ethan Boyle is once again available for selection.