Dundalk will be looking to bounce back from the 5-0 hammering they received from Sligo Rovers in their last game when the face Derry City at Oriel Park on Saturday. (KO 2.pm)
The Louth men have been on a wretched run which has seen them take just one point from their last six games and drop down to seventh in the table.
Injuries and suspensions have derailed a promising season for Ian Foster’s side, as they will be missing seven of their senior squad for Saturday’s game.
Stephen Maher and Colin Hawkins and Eoghan Osborne all remain out while Mark Griffin is also unlikely to recover from a groin injury in time for kick off
Meanwhile, defender Carl McHugh is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U19s for a mini-tournament in Bulgaria while midfielders Dean Bennett and Greg Bolger are both suspended after been sent off against Rovers.
Things won’t get any easier for them against a Derry City side looking to narrow the gap on league leaders Sligo Rovers.
Stephen Kenny’s side trail Sligo by 7points but have two games in hand and will be looking to continue his side’s terrific form
Derry have not lost since their last visit to Oriel Park going on a sensational 18 match unbeaten run since the 1-0 defeat inflicted on them by Dundalk.
However they will be without both Eddie McCallion and Ryan McBride who have both been ruled out due to injury.
Kenny insisted that his side would not be taking anything for granted despite the two sides differing form.
“Going to Oriel Park is never easy. Dundalk have not had a good run of form, but no-one can deny they have good players.”
So far this season the honours have been shared between the two teams. Derry took first blood with a 2-0 win in the Brandywell while in May, a Hawkins header led to a 1-0 victory for Dundalk. The last encounter in July finished goalless.