If Sligo win they will need only a point from next week’s game at home to second place St Patrick’s Athletic to lift the title for the first time since 1977.
If Sligo lose and St Pat’s beat them next week there will be two points between the teams with two games to go. Sligo’s final two games are away to Drogheda United and home to Shamrock Rovers.
Sligo claimed a 1-0 win on their last visit to Cork, as Danny North scored a late goal to secure the points. It was Rovers’ first win over City in eight matches.
Rovers have only ever gone unbeaten once in a league season against Cork. That was Cork’s first season in 1984/1985 when Rovers won both games.
Rovers are currently on their longest ever unbeaten run in the league against Cork City (three games).
It is 23 games since Sligo lost a league game on a Friday (May 6, 2011 v Shamrock Rovers).
Rovers are unbeaten in their last seven away games in the league. The club record is nine, set in 1977.
Sligo have drawn their last two away games 0-0 (Bray, Pat’s) and have never drawn 0-0 in three successive away games in the league.
Ian Turner returns from suspension, but Gearóid Morrissey will miss out as he serves the second of a two game ban. Davin O’Neill is a doubt as the forward has been suffering with flu and will be assessed prior to the game. Other than that, Dunne has a full squad to choose from, with a number of players having returned to training following injury in recent weeks.
Sligo’s Alan Keane (metatarsal), Danny North (cruciate ligament) and Iafhlaith Davoren (heel) are ruled out for the trip to Cork.