Shamrock Rovers have started where they left off last season, earning 10 points from their opening four matches. Bohemians, on the other hand, have yet to score and mustered their first point last Sunday in what looks set to be a difficult season for the Gypies.
The home side have three long term injuries with Conor Winn (back injury), Ciaran Kilduff (broken metatarsal) and Stephen O’Donnell (knee surgery) all continuing to miss out. Gary McCabe and Conor Powell are both suspended. On the plus side; South African goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse comes into the Hoops squad having received a work permit this week.
For Bohs; Keith Ward (calf strain) and and Danny Joyce (groin) will face late fitness tests having only returned to training this week. Flu is continuing to affect the squad with Luke Byrne returning to training having missed the last two weeks though Keith Murray and Andy Mulligan continue to miss out.
Speaking ahead of the game at Tallaght Stadium, Rovers boss Stephen Kenny stated: “Derby games are always a test – there usually isn’t much in them and they are often decided by just one goal. We will take confidence from our 4-0 win over Shelbourne last week, but we don’t underestimate anyone in this league, especially not in a derby game.”
Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan speaking of his side’s daunting trip to Tallaght: “This is a David v Goliath battle. It used to be David v David. Look at their five strikers to our three. Each of them is on three times the pay of our highest paid and they have all won honours in the league.”