Sligo Rovers will go eight points clear with four games to go if they beat Derry tonight.
Rovers have scored three or more goals in their last four home league games, Rovers have never scored three or more in five home league games in-a-row.
Mark Quigley will be looking to score in his sixth consecutive home league game, only Liam Coll in 1953 and Johnny Armstrong in 1955 have done this before.
Only Dundalk (19) have scored less goals than Derry’s 26. However, away from home, only Pat’s, Drogheda and Shamrock Rovers have scored more. And only Sligo Rovers and St Pat’s have conceded less.
Rovers will be without Danny North (cruciate ligament), Alan Keane (metatarsal) and Iarfhlaith Davoren (ankle) for the game. Gavin Peers returns from suspension. If he plays it will be Joseph Ndo’s 200th league appearance in the LOI, 76 of his 199 so far have been for Rovers. He has 15 career goals in the league.
Derry have released versatile midfielder Owen Morrison from his contract following last week’s defeat at home to UCD.
Sligo Rovers Manager Ian Baraclough: “These are type of games that at the start of the season you want to bring to the football club. We are right in the mix with five games to go and we have earned the right to be the fox if you like and be chased by other teams. Everyone is focused on what we have to do and whatever happens in other matches, our job is to get three points on Saturday. Last week’s draw was one step closer to where we want to be. Bray is always a difficult place to go and I thought we did alright in the game but didn’t take our chances to win it.”