- Sunday August 16th, 2015 @ 17:24
Team News: Dundalk Vs SAINTS (Monday 7.45pm, Oriel Park)
First play third on Monday night as Dundalk host St Patrick's Athletic in Oriel Park in the night's high profile SSE Airtricity League game (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Saints will be hoping to turn around their recent form against the Lilywhites which has seen Stephen Kenny's side claim victories in the President's Cup Final and the two league meetings between the sides in 2015.
However with the Saints on a good run of form domestically, Saints' manager Buckley outlined that his side know they face a tough game against the league champions, but they will travel to Oriel Park full of belief that they can get a result.
"Monday night promises to be a really good game. Dundalk have had a great season and Stephen Kenny has done a good job with them this season.
They're playing well at the moment so we know it will be a difficult game as it always is going to Oriel Park," the Saints' boss told stpatsfc.com.
"However, we're playing well ourselves. We had a really tough game on Monday against Bray who pushed us all the way and could have scored at the end to get a draw.
We know we will have to up our performance levels for Monday night as it's a top of the table clash, but the players are up for the game and will give it their all to get a result."
In team news Buckley will be without the services of both Killian Brennan and Morgan Langley who are suspended, however Ian Bermingham returns to the matchday squad having served a suspension.
Christy Fagan remains out with a knee injury, while Buckley will give late fitness tests to skipper Ger O'Brien and Ian Morris after both players sat out Friday's 1-0 win over Bray Wanderers with knocks.
"It's going to be an exciting game," admitted Saints' skipper Ger O'Brien when looking ahead to the game with stpatsfc.com.
"We're in great form at the moment and hopefully we can continue that in Oriel Park on Monday night. It's another big week for us, but that's something to be really excited about for ourselves as players.
For the fans as well to be involved in these games, it's a great thing and we're all going to be working hard to get results."
O'Brien and defender Kenny Browne are both set for their 100th league appearance for the Saints should they make an appearance on Monday night.