Two sides that struggled last term come head-to-head in the first Dublin derby of the season, with Jason Byrne expected to make his debut for the visitorsUCD and Bohemians flirted perilously with relegation last season and will be endeavouring to avoid such a fate this coming term.
Both teams will be looking to get the 2014 Airtricity League campaign off to a good start at the College Bowl on Friday evening.
The game sees Aaron Callaghan meet his former employers, having been replaced by defender Owen Heary midway through the 2013 campaign.
The new UCD boss faces his former assistant, who has been given the managerial job at Dalymount Park on a permanent basis, but comes up against a much-changed side who have added prolific frontman Jason Byrne as well as Paddy Kavanagh to their squad.
Heary is reluctant to play down his opponents, calling them a "a good side, well organised and with lots of good players". However, he knows that he will have to do better than his predecessor, especially given the off-season signings the club has made.
"At the start of the season there’s also nerves, and there’s pressure on me as manager," Heary told the club's official website. "Expectations are rising because of the players we’ve signed, and sometimes you have to curb those expectations not to put too much pressure on the players."
Neither side has any real injury worries ahead of the game, with both teams coming through pre-season relatively unscathed.