Derry City Fights Bray Wanderers in Irish Premier League for a Shot at European GloryPublished June 16, 2017 by Florin P
The prospect of a European berth reignites dormant rivalry between Bray Wanderers and Derry City (7:45 p.m UK Time).
Halfway through with the Irish Premier League, Cork City has almost run away with the trophy and the other teams are fighting for the second place. Derry City and Bray Wanderers compete for a place on the podium and access to the qualification stages of Europa League. Their performance in May was quite different, with the former amassing points, while the latter failed to win back-to-back games.
Home Pitch Advantage Meaningless for Bray Wanderers
Over the last couple of weeks, Bray Wanderers were unable to capitalize on home pitch advantage and lost games both at home and on the road. Tonight they will play in front of their fans, but they conceded two goals in the last two home matches. Defensive problems keep plaguing the team and against Derry City they have to use a backline made of five players.
Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem against teams that chose to defend against them, but this won’t be the case tonight. Their opponents are trying to take advantage of their recent slump and collect rare points on the road. Past performance isn’t too encouraging either, with Bray Wanderers losing most home games
Derry City to Extend the Invincible Run
The visitors haven’t lost in the last 10 rounds played at home and on the road, so they are confident ahead of this fixture. Offensively they will rely on McEneff and McNamee who have scored six goals each and can cause plenty of headaches to Bray Wanderers. Conceding goals is a strong possibility, but this is a risk that Derry City is willing to take to consolidate its position on the podium.
Value is clearly with the visiting team and punters can back them outright or take the 0:0 Asian Handicap offered by bet365 Sports. The bookmaker offers even odds on this outcome which makes it the best option for risk-averse punters.