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Derry City play host to the visiting Shamrock Rovers at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in this Premier Division fixture on Friday.
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Derry City will be looking for a repeat result of the 0-5 Premier Division triumph vs UCD.
In that game, Derry City managed 71% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 9 on target. For Derry City, goals were scored by Danny Mullen (2'), Will Patching (40', 52') and Brandon Kavanagh (44', 57'). At the other end, UCD got 5 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
Their more recent scorelines shine a light on the fact that huge efforts have been put in by the Derry City rearguard. Derry City have been mean at the back, resulting in the tally of goals that have flown into the back of their net over the course of their past 6 outings standing at 3. Previous results aside, we will just have to wait and see if that trend will be replicated in this upcoming game.
A look at their previous results shows us that Derry City:
- have left without a victory over Shamrock Rovers in their last 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 7 home league matches.
Shamrock Rovers will come into the clash following a 3-0 Premier Division win with the eclipse of Bohemian FC in their last match.
In that match, Shamrock Rovers managed 54% possession and 22 shots at goal with 10 on target. For Shamrock Rovers, the scorers were Lee Grace (43'), Ronan Finn (51') and Neil Farrugia (82'). Bohemian FC got 12 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
Stephen Bradley's Shamrock Rovers have slotted home 7 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The number of goals that they have conceded during that same period comes to 8.
Their prior results show that Shamrock Rovers:
- remain unbeaten by Derry City when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 12/08/2022 tells us that Derry City have won 2 of these & Shamrock Rovers 3, with the tally of drawn results standing at 1.
In all, 11 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 5 of them from The Candystripes and 6 netted by The Hoops. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.83.
The previous league clash featuring the two was Premier Division match day 25 on 26/06/2023 which ended up with the score at Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Derry City.
On that day, Shamrock Rovers had 44% possession and 9 shots at goal with 2 on target. The scorer was Rory Gaffney (27').
Derry City got 7 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Robert Hennessy.
Team News: Derry City
Ciaron Harkin (Cruciate Ligament Injury) and Colm Whelan (Cruciate Ligament Injury) aren’t available for Derry City manager Ruaidhrí Higgins.
Team News: Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has a number of players out of action. Neil Farrugia (Unknown Injury) and Jack Byrne (Knee Injury) are not ready for selection.
In this game, Shamrock Rovers will likely be able to score against this Derry City outfit, but it may not quite be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We can see a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning score for Derry City after the 90. Expecting it to be very competitive.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium (3,700)
Captain: Patrick McEleney
Chairman: Philip O’Doherty
Manager: Ruaidhrí Higgins
Competitions: Premier Division position 2
⭐ Star Player: Ben Doherty
Mostly used in the Left Wing position, Ben Doherty was born in Derry, N. Ireland. Having made a first senior appearance for Institute in the 2014 - 2015 season, the dangerous Forward has managed to score 5 league goals in the Premier Division 2023 campaign to date from a total of 27 appearances.