Boss Hutton finds the right formula for Candystripes
Peter Hutton's team have won their last two games, scoring seven and conceding none in the process to completely change the mind-set at the Brandywell following a dismal season.
While the Candystripes are not yet out of relegation trouble, the six points gained from wins over Longford Town and Galway United in recent weeks has taken them away from the relegation play-off spot and up into eighth place.
For the first time this season there is a real sense of optimism at the Brandywell, with new additions on the field such as Conor McCormack, and additions off the field such as Paul Hegarty, making a huge difference to performances and results.
With Mark Timlin also hitting form at the right time, Derry City are showing progress, making them confident ahead of tonight's game against Stephen Kenny's league leaders.
However, having fallen short against the champions twice already this season, Hutton knows his team are in for a difficult evening.
"No disrespect to Longford or Galway, but Dundalk have a bit more quality so we may change things slightly but we have been going well of late with the new system," Hutton said.
"We ran Dundalk close at the Brandywell earlier in the season and down at Oriel we deserved something from the game.
"We know it will be a battle and Dundalk will be smarting from their draw against Longford and they'll be looking to get back to winning ways certainly."
Hutton has a shortage of strikers for tonight's game, with Patrick McEleney ruled out for several weeks due to a rib injury picked up against Galway. Cillian Morrison misses out through suspension, while on-loan Ciaran O'Connor, who so impressed at Galway, is unable to play against his parent club Dundalk.
Airtricity Premier League : Brandywell, 7.45pm