Santry will play host to an interesting battle at the bottom end of the table on Friday night.
Relagation zone residents Greystones United AFC have the chance to close the gap on tenth placed Drumcondra to just two points.
The Wicklow side have put a very poor start behind them and are on a run of three wins and been keen to make that four before the Christmas break.
However, Drums have also found some form and have put back to back wins together to move out of the drop zone.
It’s top versus bottom as Tolka Rovers FC host Bluebell United at Frank Cooke Park on Friday night.
It doesn’t look the ideal fixture for struggling Tolka, but they have performed well against the reigning champions of late. Bluebell needed a late leveler to secure a point against John Chandlers side at the Red Cow in the first week of November, while a Lar Ivers hat trick saw Rovers beat Bluebell the last time they visited Frank Cooke Park.
Bluebell, however will have the chance to extend their lead at the top to five and will be nigh on determined to put more pressure on St Mochtas, who are in second, but face a tricky trip to Crumlin on Saturday night.
Crumlin United FC versus St. Mochtas FC, which plays out at Pearse Park on Saturday looks the pick of this weeks ties.
Victory could see the Crumlin revival really gather momentum and this mouthwatering clash may have just came at the right time for Martin Loughran’s charges. After an indifferent start the Pearse Park side are on a run of three league wins, scoring eight and conceding just one.
Last week they managed to defeat Mochtas fellow high flyers Cherry Orchard to shorten the gap between them and those in the title race.
If results go the Saints way this weekend they could return to the top, but they go into this game after a difficult game over Malahide on Wednesday. The Porterstown outfit lost there unbeaten start to league proceedings and will be looking for a reaction.
This game will also play host to some high quality individual battles with Noel Murray versus David Lacey probably being the stand out dust up.
Luke Kelly and Alan McGreal’s return to Pearse Park for the first time since they left will add extra narrative.
Cherry Orchard will be looking for their first win since October when they welcome Firhouse Clover to Elmdale on Sunday morning.
It’s testament to the promoted sides start that despite losing four league games on the bounce that they are in touching distance of top spot. However, they will be keen to end what has been an impressive calendar year with a win.
Firhouse will have similar aspirations they have been competitive in what is a transition season and sit rather comfortable in mid table, but go into the clash on the back of a three goal reverse.
UCD AFC will be looking to put some daylight between themselves and the drop zone on Sunday.
The Student’s could make it three successive home wins if they manage to out score Bangor Celtic at Belfield on Sunday.
UCD will go into the clash with some confidence having drawn with high flying Mocthas and beaten Tolka in a massive six pointer last weekend.
Bangor however, showed their class against bottom half opposition last time out defeating Drumcondra and could end a year that saw them return to the top flight be cementing their place in the top four.
Haddon Park will see a game between two sides needing a result on Sunday. Not to stave of relegation or the like, but to regain some momentum.
Both Killester United and Wayside Celtic had positive starts to the campaign, but haven’t had the best of times in recent weeks.
Wayside, who will be content with their eight place standing haven’t won in four, while Killester, who had more ambition than their current ninth place standing won one of their last five.
Both will be keen for the win before the Christmas break.