Home Irish Football Match Preview: Derry City vs Athlone Town

Match Preview: Derry City vs Athlone Town

Peter Hutton and his Derry side welcome relegation-threatened Athlone Town to the Brandywell for this Airtricity League game.

City come into this game on the back of a 5-0 win over Drogheda United in the FAI Cup. Manager Peter Hutton is set to rest several key players for the upcoming cup semi-final against Shamrock Rovers.

Two players Hutton will have to plan without is defenders Shaun Kelly and Shane McEleney who are out through suspension.

Athlone on the other hand come into this game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Bohemians. Manager Keith Long will have to plan without John Mulroy, Stephen Quigley and Graham Rusk who are all ruled out for the season with injury.

Speaking ahead of this game to BBC Sport NI City manager Peter Hutton had the following to say:

“The cup match against Shamrock Rovers is still a bit away and we have a game against Bray on Tuesday.

“We still want to catch Sligo and finish fifth in the league table.”

Betting for this game puts Derry at 8-15 while Athlone are best priced at 5-1. The draw is 11-4.

Suspended

Derry City (Shaun Kelly and Shane McEleney)

Athlone Town (None)

Injured

Derry City (Danny Ventre)

Athlone Town (John Mulroy, Stephen Quigley and Graham Rusk)

Match Officials

Referee: Robert Harvey

Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith and Paula Brady

Fourth Official: Paul Tuite

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