St Patricks vs Derry City by Luke
St Patricks could actually feel happy that they walked away with just a narrow defeat last time out previous weekend as the team suffered 1:0 loss away to Cork City. They were huge underdogs before the game and didn't enter the match in the best possible way, however conceding only in second minute of additional time in the first halftime via Maguire from the penalty kick.
However, they stood playing with a man less at start of the second halftime, when their midfielder Owen Garvan got red carded. However, hosts were satisfied with the lead and didn't push much, which was a positive side for St Patricks that didn't actually have plenty of chances in front of opponents goal. The team is now still without a victory, for eight consecutive match in Premier Division, standing at second from the bottom position being tied up with last placed Drogheda and remaining in a must win situation from match to match.
Newly signed midfielder Owen Garvan who made a debut last week won't be playing here due red card conceded in that game. Other midfielder Jonathan Lunney also won't be playing here due injury, same as offensive midfielder Jack Bayly (1/0). They should be playing in version of 4-1-4-1 formation with Fagan as striker.
Derry City, on the other side, improved a lot last weekend when the team welcomed Sligo Rovers and showed way better performance taking all three points in a 4:0 victory. They played the match in a great way from the first moment, taking the lead in 32nd minute via Schubert, while it was easy for them to dominate and be threatening once the visitors opened more in the second halftime.
They managed to net three more goals in last thirty minutes, via Curtis in 62nd, McEneff in 74th and Holden in 85th minute - exploiting the gaps of the visiting side in the best possible way. It was good to see them winning after two defeats, as the team now stands at fifth position with just two points less than Europa League placed side Bray.
Visitors will be missing central defender Aaron Barry (18/1) and left midfielder Conor McDermott (16/0) due injuries. They should be playing in some version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Patterson as central striker.
St Patricks isn't that naive as their position is saying, however I give all the advnatage to Derry City this time. The team comes from morale boosting victory and in case they take the opponents seriously, they should take all three points here. Players of St Patricks shouldn't be able to answer the opponent in attacking way.