Competition: Irish Premier Division
Fixture: Drogheda v St Patrick’s
Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Venue: Hunky Dorys Park
Kick off time: 19:45 hrs BST
Drogheda United are slated to go up against St Patrick’s Athletic in the upcoming round of games in the Irish top flight.
Drogheda United’s form: W-D-W-L-L
Drogheda United have had a difficult past couple of weeks with a couple of home defeats against Dundalk and Falkirk. The last one against Falkirk was especially difficult as they beat the hosts 5-2 in front of their home fans.
Prior to these games, Drogheda had won their games against Limerick and Bohemians and drew against Derry. They need to turn things around fast if they are to push forward in this year’s league.
St Patrick’s Athletic’s form: W-W-W-L-L
After going on a run of three straight home wins against Bohemians, Limerick, and Longford Town where they scored nine goals in total and conceded just two, St Patrick’s were brought back down to earth by a hardworking Skonto FC side.
In their last game against the same side, St Patrick’s lost 2-0 at home. They remain fourth in the Irish Premier Division however, and will look to close the gap on the top three.
Key Players and Team News
Drogheda United: 23-year-old striker Lee Duffy has scored five goals so far this season and the youngster remains a big threat to their opposition. The hosts have also have Michael Daly and Sean Thornton leading the scoring from midfield and they will be looking to contribute as well.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Their midfield has been absolutely top notch while the strikers have also played well. Chris Forrester has already scored 7 goals this season and will be looking to add to his tally. Aaron Greene and Conan Byrne have also made handy contributions from the middle of the park.
The visitors must be the favourites to go ahead and win this game (1.45 at Ladbrokes) although the fact that both teams are coming into this game on the backs of poor form. It could swing the home team’s way but I really cannot see that happening.
Expect excitement and goals in this game look certain (More than 2.5 goals at 1.77 with BetVictor) and I think St Patrick’s could score 3 or more goals in this one.