Champions Dundalk were stunned last week as Sligo held them to an unlikely draw, so they will be fired up to bounce back here. They are somewhat understrength, but they still have enough quality to beat a relatively poor Finn Harps' side.
St. Patrick's Athletic have lost on their last three league visits to Waterford but they go into this one unbeaten in six away league matches. The Blues have been inconsistent on home turf since the end of last season so St. Pats could sneak a result.
Finn Harps have the worst defensive record in the division going into Friday but opponents UCD have managed just two goals in their opening five games. The visitors have failed to score themselves in all three of their away outings so expect a low-scoring contest between the bottom two.
Shamrock Rovers have impressed so far this season, particularly at home where they have won two and drawn one and are yet to concede a goal. Sligo Rovers have won their last two games but they were against the bottom two teams, so Rovers should pick up another win here.
Both of these sides are set to be without a number of influential players through injury but that should not stop them from scoring. Derry have netted six times across their two home games this season while Dundalk have only failed to score in one of their last 14 away league matches.
Cork have failed to score in both of their home league games this term and face a Bohemians side who have conceded just one goal in five games. Moreover, at least one team has kept a clean sheet in 11 of the last 12 Premier Division meetings between the two, so both teams scoring is unlikely.
Newly-promoted UCD finally got their first point of the season after a tough start to life in the Premier Division, losing their first three games but they are going to be up against it all season. Sligo picked up their first win last week and they can follow that up with another three points here.
St. Patrick's Athletic have only conceded one goal in their opening four games of the season but they have only scored three themselves. In fact, six of their last eight league games have seen under 2.5 goals and their opponents Shamrock Rovers have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.
Four of the last five Premier Division encounters between these two sides have produced fewer than three goals and this one could well follow that trend. There have been just five goals in Cork's four league games this term, while Finn Harps have scored just two goals in five outings.
Both of these teams will not be that happy with the starts they have made to the season and this is another tough fixture. Dundalk will be under pressure to improve going forward and start scoring goals, but Waterford will come to frustrate them and that should lead to another low scoring affair.
Derry City's recent away record does not make for good reading ahead of a tricky trip to Bohemians, who have won five and drawn one of their last seven league games in Dublin. The hosts have also made the better start to the new campaign so this should be a home win.