Competition: Irish Premier Division
Fixture: Derry v Limerick
Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Venue: Brandywell Stadium
Kick off time: 19:45 hrs BST
Derry City will go up against Limerick in a bottom of the league fixture in the Irish Premier Division this week.
Derry City’s form: L-D-L-L-L
The hosts are winless in their last five league games in all competitions and have not scored in their last three games in succession. They have lost to Cork City, Warrenport Town and Bray Wanderers during this torrid time in the league.
Prior to these games, the side were involved in a 1-1 draw at Drogheda United on June 12 which was the last time that they got some points off the opposition in the league. They were also beaten 4-1 on the road by Shamrock Rovers.
Limerick’s form: L-L-L-L-D
Limerick have not won any of their last five games either but they followed up four straight defeats with an encouraging 1-1 draw against MK Dons in a preparatory game on Tuesday that finished 1-1. That did not help them get any points in the league though.
The visitors were subjected to defeats by St Patrick’s Athletic, Dundalk, Bray Wanderers and Galway prior to the Dons fixture. They conceded 14 goals in these 4 games while scoring four times.
Key Players and Team News
Derry: Mark Timlin will be the one to watch out for in this upcoming game. He has scored from midfield in the past five games and will be a threat. The side have also had decent goalmouth contributions from other midfielders and it will be something that the visitors will need to be careful about.
Limerick: Defenders Paul O’Conor and Ian Turner have accounted for six of their goals this season and are the joint top scorers for this team. They will need to put in a shift at the back for the team to have any chance and they will also look to press ahead at every opportunity, especially set-pieces.
Derry should be able to win this fixture but it will be a difficult ride for the hosts with plenty of twists and turns. The hosts are 1.62 at Coral for the win.