DUBLIN pride is at stake in the capital tonight as all five of the city's teams in the Premier Division -- that's half of the entire top flight -- scrap for points.
St Pat's and Shamrock Rovers are both hoping to dislodge the only non-Dubs in the top six, league leaders Dundalk, who are ahead of the Saints on goal difference but, below them the chasing pack of Sporting Fingal, Bohemians and UCD are very much staying in contention.
Dublin-based fans have been spoiled by success in recent times, as only twice in the last 13 seasons has the league title left the city when it was won by Drogheda United (2007) and Cork City (2005), and tonight's round of fixtures could have a bearing on the 2010 title, with Pats in particular keen to get back out on the field after the pain of last Saturday's Setanta Sports Cup final defeat by Bohemians.
"It's a great opportunity to come back from the disappointment of last week," said Pats boss Pete Mahon. "I think anybody watching the game would have said that there was very little between the teams.
"The Setanta game will have no bearing on tonight only to serve perhaps as a motivation.
"We respect Bohemians as league champions, but we don't fear them. I'm expecting a good performance and a win."
Bohs boss Pat Fenlon recently observed that teams tend to up their game and go on a winning run once they've been beaten by the reigning champions.
"Going to Pats will be even more difficult after beating them as they will be hurting after the defeat last Saturday," says Fenlon.
Shamrock Rovers will be hoping they can do enough when they host Sporting Fingal -- and also hope that current leaders Dundalk drop points at home to an in-form Sligo Rovers, but Rovers are also aware that Fingal knocked the Hoops out of the FAI Cup last season.
UCD, meanwhile, will hope to resume winning ways on the road at Galway United.