Derry City v Bray Wanderers, Friday, Maginn Park
City will have to plan to a trio of key players tomorrow night for the visit of Bray Wanderers. Kenny Shiels will seek to arrest his side recent poor results but he will have to do so without Darren Cole, Dean Jarvis and Nathan Boyle who remain unavailable. However Shiels will welcome back key midfielder Aaron McEneff who returns from suspension.
City fell to a 2-1 defeat in Galway last week and slipped behind Shamrock Rovers in the race for the European spots. Having seen his side move eight points clear of the Hoops after the victory in Tallaght, it will surely be a disappointment to the City boss to see how his side has failed to press home their advantage and secure third place.
It is likely that the defence will remain unchanged from last week, with Eoin Toal to partner Aaron Barry in the heart of the back for and Conor McDermott, Ben Doherty and Harry Monaghan to fill the two full back spots between them. City deployed a 4-4-2 formation in Eamon Deacy Park last week but the availability of McEneff may see City revert to a three man centre midfield and a lone front man.
Rory Patterson increased his tally last week with a goal but it was a challenging night for Patterson and Curtis against a hard working Galway side which over ran City at times. With Boyle unavailable, Patterson is likely to continue up front with Curtis in a support role or return to a place on the wing.
Bray visit the Donegal venue with an eye on fourth place and whilst their form may have dipped, they are unbeaten in the league since late July and will offer a threat. The games between the two sides have been high scoring affairs so far, with Bray emerging 3-2 victories on both occasions so far this season. A third victory for Harry Kenny’s mean would seen them close the gap on City to just a single point and put the Seagulls right back into the race for Europe.