Dundalk travel to Ian Foster’s old club Galway looking to inflict a 26th league defeat of the season on their hosts.
Sean Connor’s men have endured a miserable season and are currently in the midst of a 23-game losing streak, 22 of which have come in the league. The tribesmen have conceded 85 goals, an average of just over 3 goals a game while Dundalk themselves have scored freely against Galway this season recording 16 goals in the cup and league meetings to date.
However despite their form, Dundalk defender Colin Hawkins isn’t taking anything for granted heading into the game, “everyone knows that these records come to an end at some stage. We have just got to make sure that it’s not against us. But you hear that every week. We have just got to go down and do a professional job. They obviously have a lot of problems there, both on and off the pitch.
“We just need to go down and capitalise on that and not worry about their plight. We’re desperate for three points, we need a win and we need a clean-sheet, which should be a big confidence booster going into a big, big week next week.”
Dundalk currently sit in 6th place, 5 points behind Bohemians and 11 points behind fourth-place Saint Patrick’s Athletic with just eight games remaining. The Lilywhites will be hoping for a strong end to the season to put pressure on the teams above them. Galway meanwhile are currently 17 points from safety with just 24 points available to play for.
Foster make the trip west minus the services of long-term injury victims Eoghan Osborne (fractured tibia), Stephen McDonnell (knee) and Stephen Maher (fractured metatarsal) and Paul Murphy (back).
Greg Bolger also misses out through suspension while Ross Gaynor is doubtful, meaning Dundalk could be down to just 11 fit senior players.
Galway will be boosted by the return of Laurence Gaughan who is back after suspension however Johnny Keane remains out with a knee injury while doubts surround Victor Collins (ankle) and Sean Kelly (knee).
Dundalk: Mark Quigley 12
Galway: Alan Murphy 3