As the Saints prepare to take on Shamrock Rovers, manager Liam Buckley believes that it will be a difficult game, but an exciting spectacle for the fans
Speaking to the club's official website, Buckley explained that there are 'no easy games' in Ireland's top division and believes that the Hoops will provide 'tough' opposition.
"Games between the two sides are always very tense and entertaining games, and it's one of the games fans always look to when the league fixtures are announced," Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
"There are no easy games in this league, so naturally Friday's game will be really tough, but hopefully we can produce a performance on the night and get a result for our fans on Friday who I know will be there supporting us in great numbers."
Shamrock Rovers boss Trevor Croly, meanwhile, is looking forward to his first home league game since taking over the reins of the club in January.
"It is great to be back at home for this game, our first league game at Tallaght Stadium this season," Croly told the club's official website.
"We're very much looking forward to the tie and to this weekend in general, as we take on Bohs on Monday after St Pat's on Friday."
He continued: "The players are well up for the game against St Pat's, and I'm sure the fans are too. I expect a big crowd in Tallaght and the fans to be right behind the players during the game.
"We've had all big games so far, and this weekend sees more of the same; it should be a good match," concluded the Hoops boss.