Match Time:7/13/2019 02:45 Saturday(GMT+8)
Derry City: Undefeated in last 5 league games (Recent Form: DDWDDW)
Derry City are on 5th place in Irish Premier Division with 36 points (9 wins, 9 draws, 5 losses; goal difference 36:24). They have currently 22 points of advantage over 9th Finn Harps (relegation play-off), whereas the distance to 3rd Bohemians (UEFA Europa League qualification) is 6 points at the moment and Derry City have 1 game in hand. Therefore, it appears that they can challenge the third spot. The team is in decent shape – 2 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses in last 5 league matches. In the meantime, they beat Finn Harps (2:1 after extra-time) in the League Cup quarter-final. Derry City take on UC Dublin on Friday in the next league fixture. Derry City have collected 17 points in 10 home games to date (5 wins, 1 draws, 3 defeats; goal difference 17:10).
UC Dublin: In bad shape (Recent Form: WLLLLL)
UC Dublin sit on 10th position in the standings with 13 points (4 wins, 1 draw, 17 defeats; goal difference 15:40). They are now on direct relegation spot, being 1 point short of 9th Finn Harps (relegation play-off) and having played 3 matches less. At the same time, the distance to 8th Waterford (safe spot) is 10 points at the moment. Their recent form is bad – 1 win, 0 draws, 4 defeats in last 5 games in Premier Division, but they’ve got a victory on last matchday. Now it’s time for an away encounter. UC Dublin have collected 0 points in 10 matches on the road (0 wins, 0 draws, 10 losses; goal difference 3:25).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
Summing up, it looks like hosts are favourites of this clash. Although UC Dublin won their last game, it’s worth noting that their away statistics are terrible and perhaps Derry City may win comfortably.
Derry City VS UC Dublin
Pick: Derry City -2