Derry City vs Shamrock by Luke
Derry City didn't manage to get a victory last time out last Saturday evening, but the team still stood undefeated in quite difficult match away to Limerick in a 1:1 draw. However, they will have every reason to be unhappy with that outcome, since they had the lead all the way till stoppage time.
The game was quite a balanced one, with neither of the teams impressing a lot, but the visitors took the lead in 79th minute via Barry and while it looked like they will walk away with a three pointer, Ogbene scored equalizer in last minute of the match, in third minute of additional time. This was sixth consecutive match without defeat for Derry as the side stands at fourth position now, with four points less than Europa League placed Dundalk.
Important central defender Aaron Barry (11/0) is recovering well from injury, but the game might come too soon for him. Their manager should be able to select from a closely full squad here. Their lineup should be a version of 4-2-3-1 formation, using Kennedy most likely as central striker.
Shamrock Rovers, on the other side, had a relatively easy game last time out, as the team took a three pointer away from home against Bohemians with a 2:0 score. They had a great entrance into the match and had the double lead already after twenty-six minutes of the match, thanks to goals from Miele and Clarke.
From that moment on, it looked like they tried to save some energy, lowered down their tempo and sealed the game without their goal being much jeopardized. This was second consecutive victory for Shamrock, as the side now stands just a point below fourth placed Derry and needs a three pointer here if they are to recover fully from a bad start and chase the European exit.
Left defender Luke Byrne (3/0) might not be risked here, while left midfielder Darren Meenan (11/1) should be back after suspension here. Forward Michael O'Connor (7/1) probably won't be involved here. They should also be playing in style close to 4-2-3-1 formation with Shaw as central striker.
These two teams have played a bit more defensive minded games than what was expected, but I see this one as totally opposite actually.They both come in decent form and now need a three pointer in order to keep the chances of reaching European exit and continuation of their form. There's much more in their attacking power than the teams showed in previous couple of matches.