Sligo Rovers v Derry City – Sat 18th May – KO 7.45pm – The Showgrounds, Sligo
SSE Airtricity League
North West derbies are very much to the fore for Derry City over the next two weeks starting with a trip to the Showgrounds in Sligo for Saturday evening’s league game against the Bit o’ Red.
Declan Devine’s men travel to Inchicore on Tuesday for a re-arranged league match before back-to-back games against Finn Harps in the space of three days after that.
The Candystripes’ boss has however only got eyes for Saturday where his side takes on one of the division’s in-form teams.
Liam Buckley’s outfit have lost just once in their last eight outings; a run that includes victories over both Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers and Devine knows his side will be thoroughly tested this weekend.
“We talk about it every week just how tough and competitive this 10-team league is” he began.
“Sligo are on a great run that has lifted them towards the top half of the table and they will be full of confidence.”
“This is going to be yet another major test for us.”
“We can however only look after ourselves and ensure that we prepare in the proper manner and that has certainly been the case this week.”
“We have a couple of niggles but nothing major although Patrick McClean remains sidelined as well obviously as Mickey McCrudden.”
“Apart from that we’ve been working hard and are in great shape so we’re ready for the challenge.”
City posted a 2-0 win over Sligo at the Brandywell earlier in the season but will be looking for a lift after picking up just 2 points from their last three outings.
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