The Saints face their third away game in a row this Friday as they travel across Dublin to face rivals Bohemians in Dalymount Park.
Both sides head in to the game on highs following their respective midweek EA Sports Cup wins, and good results in their respective Dublin derbies last week – the Saints defeating Shelbourne 3-0 and the Gypsies earning a late point against arch rivals Shamrock Rovers.
The Inchicore will look to maintain a run which sees them unbeaten in their previous eight league ties with Bohemians.
The Saints are also unbeaten in Phibsboro since 2009 – Bohemians winning 3-1 in October of that year with a side featuring current Saints' midfielder Killian Brennan.
However following a 1-1 draw with Bohemians last month in Richmond Park, Liam Buckley is expecting a tough game from Aaron Callaghan's side.
“We're in the middle of this long run of Dublin derbies so each game is a challenge.
The game against Bohs a few weeks back was very tough and I'm sure Aaron will have his side set up to cause us problems again,” Buckley said to stpatsfc.com.
“They played very well against Shamrock Rovers last week and got a point late on so we know we'll have to be at it for the full 90 minutes to get a result in Dalymount.”
In team news, Buckley has a full squad to choose from after Anto Flood made his return to action from illness in the 3-2 win after extra time over Salthill Devon last Monday in the EA Sports Cup.
After three goals in his last three games, Saints' striker Christy Fagan will be aiming to maintain both his current goalscoring form and the Saints' good run of form which sees them unbeaten in their last eleven games in all competitions.
“Bohs are on a nice little run at the minute and with it being in Dalymount, their fans are going to get behind them,” Fagan, a former Bohemians' player, told stpatsfc.com.
“The last time we played them it was tough and I think they've a few players back now since then.
We're on a nice run ourselves at the minute, and we want to keep that going. I think results breed confidence so we want to get the three points on Friday and stay at the top end of the table.”
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