DERRY CITY and Shamrock Rovers both have the opportunity to move to the top of the Airtricity Premier Division when they host St Patrickâ€™s Athletic and UCD respectively in tonightâ€™s clashes.
Currently Sligo Rovers are top of the pile on goal difference but will not be in action until tomorrow night when they meet Bohemians at the Showgrounds. Derry and Shamrock Rovers are level with Sligo on 48 points, although Michael Oâ€™Neillâ€™s Hoops have a game in hand.
Derry will be without James McClean for their clash with St Patâ€™s â€” the player having moved on to Sunderland this week in a â‚¬400,000 deal â€” while fellow winger Gareth McGlynn is ruled out for another six weeks with an ankle injury.
Manager Stephen Kenny will stick as closely as possible to the side that beat Galway United 3-0 at Terryland Park in their last outing, with in-form Eamon Zayed again leading the attack.
St Patâ€™s will be minus goalkeeper Gary Rogers and midfielder Shane McFaul, both sent off in last weekâ€™s 2-2 draw with UCD at Richmond Park. Chris Bennion looks set to take over in goal from Rogers in a Patâ€™s side still weary after their European adventures.
Striker Danny North could be back for the Inchicore men but midfielder Stephen Bradley is doubtful.
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