Defending Premier Division champions Dundalk welcome a struggling Sligo Rovers side to Oriel Park this Friday night.
Dundalk will be hoping to maintain their 100% start to the season, whilst Rovers are still seeking their first win of the campaign.
Dundalk currently sit top of the league and manager Stephen Kenny will be hoping that The Lilywhites’ current run of form against the Bit O’ Red continues tonight, having beaten Rovers three times last season, in all competitions.
Kenny will be without the injured Stephen O’Donnell for Friday’s game.
Speaking ahead of the match to dundalkfc.com, Lilywhite midfield supremo Daryl Horgan had this to say,
“We have had a good few weeks. Obviously winning the opening few games has been great for us. We’re in good form. We’re winning without playing overally well.
“Sligo Rovers are a good side. Owen Heary has assembled a good squad of players and they will be tough to beat but we’re confident and hopefully we can go out and win the game.”
Rovers come into Friday’s game having already played Derry City and Shamrock Rovers this week, and manager Owen Heary is still searching for his first win as Rovers boss.
He will again be without the services of goalkeeper Richard Brush and defender Jeff Henderson through injury. John Russell also misses the game.
Speaking to the club’s official website this week Heary said,
“Dundalk are a very good side and they have been together for three years now and are well tuned in to what they have to do. They are champions and play on the astro pitch so Oriel Park is a very difficult place to go to.
“We want go and win the game. We will not be going there and looking for a draw, you can’t have that negative approach. We will be going out there to show everyone what we’re about and hopefully we can get the three points to kick start our season.”
Kick-off is at 7:35pm and the game is live on RTE2 television.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena