Top of the Table St Patrick's Athletic travel to last years League champions Bohemians this Friday, in what is set to be one of the games of the season so far.
This is the fourth clash in all competitions this season, with the Saints winning one and drawing one in the league and Bohemians winning the Setanta Cup final encounter back in May.
Bohemians will be eager to put their dramatic Champions League exit to Welsh side The New Saints well behind them with another good result on Friday night.
Paddy Madden is the stand out player for Bohemians this season and the striker has scored nine goals in 19 starts for the Gypsies so far.
Dave Mulcahy has been a surprise goalscorer for the Saints in recent games having scored two against Dundalk and also getting the equaliser against Sporting Fingal last weekend.
St Pat's are suspension free, Gareth Coughlan remains sidelined while defender Shane Guthrie is struggling with a calf injury.
“The last time we travelled to Dalymount we were top of the league and we left top of the league and that is our intention again for tomorrow night.
Some might look at it as a showdown but there is no use in us beating Boh's and then losing the next three games and the same for them.
It may give the winners a bit of a psychological advantage heading into the next set of games and with Boh's at home the pressure will be on them to deliver.
Danny North is pushing for a start, having done well last week, and with Gareth O'Connor coming into the squad along with new signing James O'Brien we've a few selection headaches.
O'Brien impressed at training during the week, it may not be the match for him to make his debut but I think he will be a great addition for the club.
With suspensions and injuries we've been a bit threadbare over the last few games so it's great now to have a few more options heading into this game”. – Pete Mahon
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