Sligo Rovers v Derry City, Showgrounds, 7.45pm
The Candystripes are in Connacht this evening, looking to take all three points from Sligo Rovers and jump to third place in the Airtricity Premier Division table. Results elsewhere last night meant that City can move about Shamrock Rovers, with Sligo occupying the last of the relegation spots.
City have enjoyed the upper hand this season, drawing 1-1 in the game in the Showgrounds earlier in the season and then inflicting a 4-0 defeat in Maginn. However with former Candystripe Kevin Deery now part of the coaching set up, Rovers will be well drilled on what to expect from City this evening. Before taking the role Kevin was a regular analyst on City games for BBC Radio Foyle.
Kenny Shiels has got his side playing again after a blip threatened to derail chances of European football. Wins against Drogheda and Finn Harps were followed up with the draw against Cork on Tuesday night. Whilst most eyes were focused on whether Cork would lift the title, Derry had the better chances of the two teams. Harry Monaghan, enjoying a run of form in the middle of the park flashed a header wide from a first half corner.
City have no suspensions to be concerned about but Sligo will be missing Donegal man Kyle Callan McFadden who serves a match ban. On the injury front, City will likely have to plan without Dean Jarvis who was substituted on Tuesday and Nathan Boyle continues to struggle for fitness.
Michael Schlingermann the Sligo goalkeeper is unavailable with a neck problem, but Michael Leahy returns as a defensive option for Ger Lyttle’s men.