Derry City entertain Northwest rivals Sligo Rovers this Friday night at the Brandywell. With only three points separating both teams bragging rights are at stake in this encounter.
Sligo Rovers will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s narrow defeat to Shamrock Rovers. Speaking about that defeat Sligo manager John Coleman said the following:
“I was disappointed with how we performed against Shamrock Rovers. Even though we had a limited amount of players to choose from we prepared the players right but we just didn’t perform on the night.”
John Coleman is again without the services of Jeff Henderson and Daryl Kavanagh as they continue their rehabilitate. John Russell is also a doubt for the game and captain Gavin Peers is suspended. On a brighter note Coleman welcomes Raffaele Cretaro, Iarfhlaidh Davoren, Danny Ledwith and Alan Keane back into the fold.
Speaking to the club’s official website this week Coleman said;
“It’s a bonus to have players coming back to the squad but it’s a shame Gavin Peers is out. Derry will be a tough game, they are in form and have had some good results recently but we showed against Cork and Dundalk that we can play well against the better teams.”
Derry City welcome back duo Shane Mc Eleney and Aaron Barry. Peter Hutton will be without the services of injured Danny Ventre and Rory Patterson while Jonathan Tracey misses out as he’s currently on international duty.
Odds: Derry 7/5, Draw 9/4, Sligo 7/4
Match Officials: David Mc Keon, Alan Sherlock, Darragh Keegan, Darren Coombes.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena.