Derry City and St Patrick’s meet at Brandywell Stadium, in a match for the 12th round of the Premier League. The history of head-to-head matches at this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 7 matches won 3, drew 2 and lost 2. But the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium, on 22‑ 10‑2019, for the Premier League, St Patrick’s won by (1‑3). The goals of the match were scored by D. Parkhouse (53 ‘), for Derry City, and C. Forrester (61’) and J. Doona (79 ‘and 83’), for St Patrick’s. Particular attention is needed for the home / away condition, as both teams present significantly different results at home and away.
Derry City :
The home team is currently in 7th position, with 4 points won, after 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won at home against Bohemians by (2‑0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Waterford United by (2‑1). This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. In their last 10 home games, Derry City has 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 3 of the last 4 matches, so they have not presented great defensive strength, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. There is a tendency to have goals in their home matches, since 20 of the last 23 matches they have played have ended with Over 1.5 goals.
Derry enter this game after a 0-0 home draw, on the trip to Finn Harps. The local club, in general, opts for a more backward style of play to try to take advantage of the quick transitions. The home team usually plays 4-3-3, where the players responsible for bringing danger to the rival area are Hammill, Akintunde and Meite. Apparently, coach Declan Devine should have all of his players fit to play this match.
St Patrick’s Athletic :
After 2 wins and 2 losses, the visiting team is currently in 4th position, with 6 points won. In their last match, they beat Cork City at home by (1‑0), after losing away in the previous match against Shelbourne by (1‑0). This is a team that curiously tends to achieve more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 games they have recorded 8 victories, 2 draws and 5 defeats as a visitor, with 21 goals scored and 18 suffered; against 5 victories, 4 draws and 6 defeats in his stadium, with 9 goals scored and 16 suffered. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, St Patrick’s won 5, drew 2 and lost 3.
St. Patrick’s come into this match after a 0-0 home draw against Sligo. The visiting club usually plays in a 5-2-3 tactical system, with two more defensive midfielders: Lennon and Ward. Up front should play King, Kelly and Gibson, and the player responsible for serving them is midfielder Lennon. Thus, the foreign emblem is expected to adopt a more defensive strategy, bearing in mind that it presents players with less quality than the opponent. Coach Stephen O’Donnell should have all the players ready for this game.