Harps went into the mid-season break on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Longford Town at Finn Park but prior to that had been in decent form thanks to an unbeaten run of six games in all competitions.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan feels Friday’s game is a game that simply must grab a victory in if they want to be in the shake-up for the promotion places come the end of the season.
“Waterford is a must win game if we want to stay with top group,” said Horgan, “but as I said we hadn’t set goals at the start of the season so we will prepare for Friday’s game as we did our very first game of season.”
Tommy Bonner returns from suspension for Friday’s game but Damien McNulty is banned. Sean McCarron remains sidelined.