Having scored three goals in four away games in-a-row, Sligo Rovers have drawn two blanks in recent matches on the road.
Rovers had three scoreless away games towards the end of last season against St Patrick's Athletic, Bray Wanderers and Cork City.
Rovers have scored at least three goals in three away games so far, the only team to do so in the entire 2012 season was Drogheda (five times).
This will be Rovers fourth away game in-a-row in Dublin. The loss against St Pat's was the first in the capital in seven games.
Rovers haven’t gone three league games without a win under Ian Baraclough, the last occasion it happened was in July-August 2011 with a draw against St Pats, a draw with Dundalk and a defeat to Bohs.
Rovers points tally of 25 points from the first 10 games is the most in the league since Cork notched 27 from the same amount of games in 1998/99.
Gary Rogers can make his 50th appearance for Rovers by playing against Shamrock Rovers. He has kept 21 clean sheets in his time with Bit o' Red including nine from his 14 games played so far this season. He is the most experienced member of the Rovers squad with 447 career appearances to date in his 14 seasons in the league.
Lee Lynch can also make his 50th Rovers appearance by playing on Friday. The Limerick man has scored eight goals for Rovers so far in the following games:
16/3/12 Bohs (h) LOI 1-0
6/8/12 Drogheda (a) EA 1-2
3/9/12 Bohs (h) LOI 3-1
29/9/12 Derry (h) LOI 4-1
4/3/13 Glentoran (h) SSC 5-0 (x2)
11/3/13 Glentoran (a) SSC 3-0
13/4/13 Cork (h) LOI 2-0
Aaron Greene scored his fourth league goal of the season last weekend against Drogheda having played just eight times. That already matches his total from his previous season with the club in 2011 when he scored the same amount in 35 league games. He managed one goal in his total of 21 appearances for Shamrock Rovers last year.
Last six games:
6/4/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne (Anthony Elding x2)
13/4/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City (Lee Lynch, Anthony Elding pen)
9/9/11 LOI Shamrock Rovers 1-2 Sligo Rovers (John Russell, John Dillon)
19/9/11 FAI Sligo Rovers 1-0 Shamrock Rovers (EoinDoyle)
12/5/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Shamrock Rovers (Danny North x2, David Cawley)
13/8/12 LOI Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Mark Quigley)
26/10/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-2 Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers arrived in the Showgrounds for the first meeting of the sides in May with Sligo Rovers flying high at the top of the table. Ian Baraclough's side went in front after a half hour with top scorer Danny North adding another to his tally. That was quickly followed by David Cawley scoring his first for the club in spectacular fashion to give Rovers a comfortable advantage at the break.
The home side dominated throughout the second half in which Shamrock were reduced to 10 men early on as Chris Turner saw red, with the clinching goal being scored by Danny North 15 minutes from time. That gave Rovers a fourth successive win over the 2011 league winners.
The next meeting was in Tallaght on a Monday in August. Mark Quigley gave the away side the lead just after the half hour mark with a fantastic shot from distance and the one-goal lead was held to half-time.
Shams came out strong in the second half with their top scorer getting an early equaliser with another excellent effort from Ronan Finn. No more goals came and the visitors came away happier with the point.
The final meeting took place on the final day of the season in The Showgrounds, where Rovers had already wrapped up the league title two weeks previously, on the night Rovers would be presented with the league trophy.
The game wouldn’t go in Rovers favour with goals from Gary Twigg in either half giving Shamrock the 2-0 win.
Opposition: Shamrock Rovers
Season so far
Shamrock Rovers started their season under new manager Trevor Croly against Dundalk in Oriel Park where they drew 0-0 despite having the chance to win with a Gary McCabe penalty which was saved. They won their next game at home to St. Pats 3-0, but their scoreless draw away to Bohs in the following game would begin a run of five consecutive draws which included another stalemate away to Shelbourne, then three 1-1 draws against Cork and Drogheda at home with another in between against Limerick.
They ended that run in comprehensive fashion by beating Bray 7-0 in Tallaght. However the Hoops have lost back-to-back games since then, firstly away to Derry 2-1 and then 2-0 last time out against UCD in the UCD Bowl. This leaves them in seventh position in the table.
Top scorer: Ronan Finn 4 goals
Shams have won just one of their last 10 games played in all competitions, the 3-0 home win against the only team to beat Rovers in the league this year St Pats.That game was also their only clean sheet in the last eight games played. They will be looking to avoid losing three league games in-a-row for the first time since October 2010 when the lost games to UCD, Bohs and Sporting Fingal.
Last six games:
5/4/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Drogheda Utd (Finn)
12/4/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 7-0 Bray Wanderers (Ledwith, Kilduff, Finn x2, Quigley, Chambers x2)
16/4/13 SSC Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Cork City (Murphy o/g.)
19/4/13 LOI Derry City 2-1 Shamrock Rovers (Rice)
22/4/13 SSC Cork City 2-2 Shamrock Rovers (Rice, Dennehy)
The #bitored send our good wishes to Calum Waters following his final game of his loan spell with Rovers from Kilmarnock last night. We thank Calum for his hard work at the club and wish him well on his return to Scotland.
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