Derry City will look to get back to winning ways in the league, in a difficult tie at home to Cork City on Friday night.
After a disappointing 2-1 defeat to bottom club Bray Wanderers last time out in the league, Derry delivered an impressive 7-3 win over First Division Shelbourne in the League Cup on Monday.
The Bray defeat was their first in ten, and the Northern-based outfit will be looking to continue their unbeaten home record against table toppers Cork.
The Leesiders will be looking to make it two wins from two after a 2-1 home win over Limerick on Saturday, which was preceded by an awful display away to Shamrock Rovers (3-0).
Derry manager, Kenny Shiels, spoke to local media on Thursday.
“We have to take things one game at a time, but we can’t ignore the fact that the big matches are coming thick and fast. We don’t have any major injures as such but when you play so many games in such a short space of time, the little niggles start to come to play.”
Cork have a near full-strength squad to pick from with just Johnny Dunleavy still sidelined. Gearoid Morrissey, Shane Griffin, Steven Beattie and Alan Bennett are carrying knocks and will be assessed prior to kick off.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference Cork manager John Caulfield was delighted to have the full week off in the build-up to the game.
“It’s been intense, and you can see that results have been unpredictable, compared to other years. From that point of view to have the complete week coming up to Derry, we’re happy about.
“They have gone back to the Brandywell, it’s an all-weather pitch, so from our point of view it’s a change from training on the grass so we have to prepare for that.”
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs this season, with the reverse fixture in Cork postponed due to international call ups.
Last season, the Rebel Army had the upper hand over their Northern opponents, winning two of their three encounters, with the third game ending in a nil all draw.
Derry remain undefeated at home in the league, while both of Cork’s defeats in have come on their travels. Add to that, the fact that the Rebel Army have also conceded ten of their eleven goals on the road and it would be wise to mark this one down as a score draw.