Section Two of the Setanta Sports Cup is shaping up nicely into an exiting finale and tonight's rearranged game between St. Patrick's Athletic and Derry City will go a long way to deciding which two of the four teams go through to the semi-finals.
The Candystripes are deadlocked with Linfield at the top of the group on seven points but are ahead on goal difference. Both St. Patrick's Athletic and Glentoran have five points yet Pats and Derry City have tonight's game in hand.
Stephen Kenny has had to deal with the loss of Peter Hutton, who will miss the remainder of the season having undergone a hernia operation. Midfielder Ciaran Martyn is also sidelined for this fixture.
The Saints, meanwhile, have no injury concerns to report and are expected to be at full-strength. Both David Partridge and goalkeeper Lance Friesz will be hoping to retain their starting places after featuring in the 1-0 win at Bray Wanderers last Friday.
Pats have a busy seven days ahead. Sporting Fingal visit Inchicore on Friday night in the replay of the FAI Ford Cup before Johnny McDonnell's meet Hertha Berlin next Tuesday in the UEFA Cup first round tie at the RDS looking to claw back a 2-0 first leg deficit.