The cross-border competition kicks off its ninth edition with holders Shamrock Rovers set to host Glentoran
|Ballinamallard United v St Patrick's Athletic
Ballinmallard United host the SSE Airtricity League champions St Pat's in their first ever Setanta Sports Cup game, but come into the match after taking just five points from their last 10 Irish League games. The match is televised live on Setanta Sports, where much attention will focus on Pat's midfielder Keith Fahey. The Republic of Ireland international scored a free-kick in his competitive comeback for the club last week, and will look to continue that form against the Danske Bank side. Derek Foran and Mark Quigley could make their debuts for the Saints, while Brendan Clarke is set to make his 100th start for the Inchicore side.
|Crusaders v Sligo Rovers
During their run to the 2012 Setanta Sports Cup title, Crusaders defeated Sligo Rovers, and will hope to repeat that feat at Seaview. The Bit o' Red feature in the cross-border competition for the fifth successive time, making the semi-final on all five occasions. Eric Odhiambo, Danny Ledwith, Paul O’Conor, Kalen Spillane could make their debuts for Ian Baraclough's side, who also are waiting on clearance for loan signing Sean Maguire. Gavin Peers and Kieran Djilali both miss out for the visitors.
|Dundalk v Coleraine
In-form IFA Premiership side Coleraine travel to Oriel Park full of confidence after losing just two of their last 10 games. They face a Dundalk team who lost in the Leinster Senior Cup to St Pat's last week, and will be looking to bounce back with a home win. Brian Gannon and Keith Ward both miss out for the Lilywhites, but Stephen Kenny should be able to call upon Andy Boyle and Chris Shields.
|Shamrock Rovers v Glentoran
Setanta Sports Cup holders Shamrock Rovers host the ever-present Glentoran, who have competed in all nine editions of the cross-border competition. New signing Stephen McPhail will be a big draw for Hoops fans, who will be looking to seeing the former Ireland international in action. Trevor Croly will be without the services of Karl Shephard and Jason McGuinness, who are both injured.