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Derry City come up against visiting rivals St. Patrick's Athletic at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in this Premier Division match on Friday.
Our tips, poll and stats for Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic can all be found here - along with the latest match odds.
Derry City head into this fixture after a 0-0 Premier Division tied result versus Finn Harps.
Declan Devine's Derry City have found the net 9 times in their past 6 outings. The corresponding tally of goals that have been scored against them in those games stands at 7.
St. Patrick's Athletic
Previously, St. Patrick's Athletic drew 0-0 in the Premier Division tie with Sligo Rovers.
It has become apparent that St. Patrick's Athletic have failed to get amongst the goals over their last six clashes, recording the poor return of only 2. In those fixtures, Saints have also seen the collective goal tally of opposing teams equal 6. In any event, time will tell if such a trend shall be maintained in this game or not.
Looking at their past form shows that St. Patrick's Athletic:
- have not been beaten by Derry City in games played away from home for the previous 2 league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 26/10/2018 shows us that Derry City have won 2 of them and St. Patrick's Athletic 3, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A total of 18 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 7 from The Candystripes and 11 being from Saints. The average goals per game has been 3.
The last league fixture featuring these sides was Premier Division match day 3 on 03/08/2020 which ended up with the score at St. Patrick's Athletic 0-2 Derry City.
The referee was Robert Hennessy.
Team News: Derry City
Derry City boss Declan Devine will be thankful to have no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this match thanks to a completely injury-free group to choose from.
In our view, The Candystripes look set to go for a 4-4-2 formation in the match with Peter Cherrie, Ciarán Coll, Darren Cole, Eoin Toal, Ciaron Harkin, Cameron McJannett, Stephen Mallon, Conor McCormack, Jack Malone, Ibrahim Meite and Walter Figueira.
Team News: St. Patrick's Athletic
Owing to a fully healthy group to choose from, St. Patrick's Athletic manager Stephen O'Donnell doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever before this clash.
We reckon that Saints seem likely to begin the game with a 4-5-1 lineup by sending out Brendan Clarke, Shane Griffin, Rory Feely, Lee Desmond, Luke McNally, Billy King, Jordan Gibson, Chris Forrester, Robbie Benson, Jamie Lennon and Kevin Kelly.
When taking all factors into account, St. Patrick's Athletic will manage to find the net against this Derry City side, but it probably won’t be enough to avoid defeat.
We think that it’s going to be both teams to score in a 2-1 winning margin for Derry City at the end of the match. Looking forward to this.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium (3,700)
Captain: Conor McCormack
Chairman: Philip O’Doherty
Manager: Declan Devine
Competitions: Premier Division position 6, FAI Cup (Quarter Finals)
🔑 Key Player: Stephen Mallon
Mostly playing in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Stephen Mallon was born in Belfast, N. Ireland. After making a first senior appearance for Central Coast Mariners in the 2018 - 2019 season, the skilful Midfielder has hit 2 league goals in the Premier Division 2020 campaign to date coming from a total of 10 appearances.