Richmond Park is set for a Monday night's Dublin derby as St. Pats host Bohemians as they look to close in on the top two sides in the Airtricity League standings.
Following Friday's 1-1 draw with Derry City, the Saints remain both four points behind the Foylesiders and six points in arrears to league leaders Sligo Rovers after the weekend's results.
The Gypsies however will be in good spirits when make the short trip to Inchicore following their 3-2 win over Bray Wanderers last Friday, former Saints' player Dave Mulcahy scoring the winning goal for Aaron Callaghan's side.
The Saints are unbeaten against Bohemians is their past seven league games, boasting a record of three wins and four draws since a 1-0 defeat in Inchicore in October 2010.
On that night, current Saints' midfielder Killian Brennan saw a penalty saved by Chris Bennion, only for Raffaele Cretaro to react quickest and score from the rebound.
Aaron Callaghan's side record in Dublin derbies this season to date is also impressive as Bohemians have taken seven points from nine in games to date.
By contrast, the Saints have claimed six points from a possible nine in their three derbies.
In team news, Saints' manager Liam Buckley will be without Wexford born midfielder Greg Bolger as he serves a one match suspension after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season in the 1-1 draw with Derry.
Otherwise, Pats have a full squad to select from meaning that up to six former Bohemians players within the Saints' squad could line-up against their former side.
Speaking ahead of the Bohemians game, Buckley told stpatsfc.com that the players were looking forward to playing Bohemians following this fixture's cancellation in March due to a waterlogged pitch.
“Dublin derbies are always big occasion and games with Bohs are always special as both sides have good support and add greatly to the occasion.
As a result, the group are looking forward to the game as there should be a good crowd and atmosphere in Richmond Park on Monday night,” Buckley said.
“Aaron has put together a good competitive squad this season and has some very good young players so it'll be a tricky game for us. They play decent football so it should be a good game watch.
As it's a back game, it is a chance for both sides respectively to move up the table , so we'll be looking to take advantage of that.”
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