Derry City FC v Bohemians, Maginn Park 7.45pm
Derry will host Bohemians in the opening fixture of the second series of the 2017, hoping to replicate their opening night win away to the Gypsies. City were hugely impressive, defeating Bohs 4-1 on the night, which was the start of their impressive early season form.
City’s results have sagged in recent weeks and the club have failed to win since mid March and also failed to keep a clean sheet in that period. With Cork City steamrolling ahead at the top of the division, the places below are very congested and City sit only five points outside the relegation spots, albeit with a game in handy.
Many were impressive with City’s spirit last week in the 2-2 draw with St Pats, as City fought back late on to grab a point. However it is clear that the Candystripes must resolve their defensive issues if they are to get back to winning ways.
City will plan with Mikhail Kennedy who is out with a knee problem. City also lost Nicky Low and Nathan Boyle due the warm up to last weeks game, and the two are both doubts for the fixture. Rory Patterson is still ruled out, with the experienced striker still to return to running.
Bohs come into the game after a home win over Finn Harps, a victory which ended their own run of five games without a win. Bohs will be missing Akinade and Wearen to long term injuries but may welcome back Dinny Corcoran. Derek Pender and Dylan Hayes are injury doubts and will be assessed on the day.
Speaking this week, the boss warned that the visitors will be out for revenge.
“Its going to be a hard game, we didn’t warrant a 4-1 win but we took it.
They will come here to get a point, that’s the way they will be thinking.
It would be nice to get our noses in front but we have shown good character to come from behind. You always want to win and going in front is a portion of the game but the win is most important”