Fresh from their Europa league exploits on Thursday St Patricks Athletic will switch their focus back to the bread and butter that is the league when they face Dundalk at Richmond Park today (Sunday) at 3pm.
Having sealed their place in the 2nd round of the qualifying for the Europa League with a 2-0 win over Icelandic side IBV next up for Pete Mahon’s side is getting the win that will take them back to the top of the league.
With Derry beating Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers winning against Drogheda Pats now find themselves sitting fourth in the table just two points of the top and they come into this game having surrendered their long unbeaten run last time out to Michael O’Neill’s hoops.
Dundalk meanwhile sit in 7th spot, 14 points ahead of third from bottom UCD and just four behind 5th place Bohemians. A lack of consistency has been the main problem for Ian Foster’s men this season with impressive wins over Galway and Bray sandwiched in between home defeats at Bohs and second bottom Drogheda.
Dundalk come into this game without long term injured pair Eoghan Osborne and Stephen McDonnell while experienced defender Colin Hawkins misses out against his former employers through suspension. Veteran striker Jason Byrne is also struggling to be fit as he tries to overcome a hamstring strain.
Stephen Bradley is the only absentee for St Pats, the inspiration midfielder is ruled out through suspension however Conor Kenna could make a return to the squad as he continues his return from a long term injury.
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St Pats: Danny North 11
Dundalk: Mark Quigley 8
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