Preview: Rovers host Dundalk on Monday night

Sligo Rovers host Dundalk tomorrow night at The Showgrounds (Monday) at 7.45pm in our next SSE Airtricity League fixture.

The Bit O’ Red come into the game after two successive league defeats away to St Patrick’s Athletic and Finn Harps in the last couple of weeks and remain in fifth position in the table.

Dundalk were beaten 3-0 by Shamrock Rovers in their previous league fixture but advanced to the quarter-final of The FAI Cup on Friday night thanks to a 3-2 extra time win over Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park.

The sides have met twice this season so far with a 0-0 Showgrounds draw in March followed by a narrow 2-1 win for Dundalk at Oriel Park in May.

Tonight’s fixture was due to be played in June however, International call ups in both squads meant the game was deferred to this evening.

Manager John Russell knows the importance of the game:

‘’We have had a chance to regroup after the result last week and we’re now ready for what will be a massive game tomorrow night.

‘’Dundalk have a lot of quality in their team and have had a good season up to this point so we know it’ll be a difficult game.

‘’We haven’t beaten Dundalk this year so the players are eager to get back out in front of our home support and put on a good performance.’’

In teams news, Garry Buckley (Knee) and Seamas Keogh (Quad) are out with long term injuries.

Colm Horgan is getting closer to a return and could be back in the Bit O’ Red squad.

There are no other suspension or injury concerns for John Russell ahead of the game.

Ex Rovers defender Robbie McCourt is expected to be involved for the visitors on his first return to The Showgrounds following his July transfer.