St Patrick’s v Sligo Rovers

Date: August 1, 2014
Venue: Richmond Park, Dublin, Ireland
Time: 19:45 hours BST

St. Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers were bounced out of the Champions League and Europa League respectively last week, so their focus now turns to the SSE Aircity Premier League.

St Patrick’s still have a lot to play for this season, sitting in 3rd place and being only 6 points off of leaders Dundalk City. Sligo Rovers, on the other hand, are 14 points back from St Patrick’s with two games in hand.

St Patrick’s Form

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St Patrick’s were bounced out of the champions league and had not won a game since July, so a confidence-boosting 2-0 win over last place Athlone Town last weekend is just what they needed after losing 5-0 against Legia Warsaw in the 2nd leg of their Champions League tie.

Sligo Rovers’ Form

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Sligo Rovers form appears better, yet one of their wins was a Europa League first round qualifying game, and another win was 2-1 over Rosenborg. And neither matter much when they lost 3-1 away to Rosenborg in the second leg and were knocked out of the Europa League.

However, they, like St Patrick’s, won this weekend, 2-0 over Limerick. Also, they will be buoyed by the fact that they weren’t drubbed in their European tie like St Patrick’s was.

Key players

St Patrick’s Athletic: Chris Fagan

St Pat’s number 9 is the leading scorer in Ireland this season, and offense will be key for St Pat’s, because only Dundalk has scored more goals than them this season, and also because on the other end of the pitch, only 8th through 12th place have conceded more goals than them this season.

Sligo Rovers: Sean Maguire

Sligo Rovers are opposite to St Pat’s, as they have scored 20 goals less this season, yet have only conceded 17 compared to the Pat’s 24. Sligo will be looking to their 20 year old forward Sean Maguire for goals as he recently extended his loan spell from West Ham by a month.

Prediction

Although St Patrick are higher in the standings, Sligo’s form is better. However, any slip-up by St. Patrick could seriously dent their qualifying for the Europa League next season – expecting them to win the game here.

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