St Patricks vs Bray
St Patricks suffered bit unexpected and quite disappointing defeat last weekend when they visited Derry City. They were slight favorites and the defeat itself isn't much of the problem. However, a penalty missed in seven minutes before the end with which they could have taken the lead and two players sent off in last moments are a bit worrying factors.
They didn't open much in the best way. Far away from it, since Roy brought the home team into the lead in the third minute already. They looked better in the first halftime and deservedly leveled up via Brennan in the 34th minute. Should be said that the players of St Patricks looked more concrete in second but in an overall open game they didn't exploit the chances created.
The visitors have missed a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, while Patterson brought the home team into the lead in 88th minute leaving little time to The Saints to respond back. Instead of it, their important players Byrne and Bermingham have been sent off.
Team captain and defender Ian Bermingham (27/1) and forward Thomas Byrne (13/3) are both suspended following red cards in their loss to Derry.
Bray couldn't do much more in their defeat last Friday evening, but neither they were expected to. They were complete underdogs against one of the most quality sides in the league and were easily outplayed by Cork City with a 1:3 result.
There is a level of differences in quality between these two clubs and it was easily obvious after the very first few minutes. Players of Cork took the 3:0 lead in the first halftime thanks to two goals from Sheppard and one from Buckley. They continued being better but also lowered down the tempo allowing the visitors to reduce the deficit via McCabe in the 64th minute. Their victory was fully deserved and never got into the question.
It was the second consecutive loss for Bray who previously got destroyed 6:0 on the road to Bohemians. The side is now nine points behind play-out placed Limerick and seems that their chances of making a salvation this season are slimmer and slimmer. With only one victory in last six rounds, they can't expect much anyway. Away from home, they have a 0-1-13 record this season with only four goals scored so anything but a catastrophe here will be fine for them.
Visitors are continuing to miss midfielder John Sullivan and defender Hugh Douglas as long-term absentees. Midfielders Darragh Noone (9/0) and Calvin Rogers (3/0) are both also injured. Central midfielder Paul O'Conor (25/1) is a doubt after not training this week.
It's time for the players of St Patricks to show their quality. They are not in a poor form anyway and actually looked very decent last weekend. Now, they are facing up against the least quality team in the league and an easy victory is so close for them. In order to boost their morale and keep the chances for the upper part of the table, they should have a convincing performance here. They surely do have all the quality for such a thing.
St Patricks vs Bray prediction
St Patricks -2 Asian handicap @ 1.83 with Pinnacle