Waterford – Derry City FREE PICKS
Waterford United and Derry City meet at Waterford Regional Sports Center, in a match for the 20th round of the Premier League. Waterford United won at home by (2-1) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 02-16-2018. The record of recent direct matches between these two teams could not be more balanced, since there was 1 victory for each team in the last 2 games they played. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
After 10 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 33 points won. In their last match, they lost in an away match against Dundalk by (2-0), after in the previous match they lost (3-6) at home, against Limerick. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last 9 home league matches Waterford United has a record of 7 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, so they have won 22 points out of 27 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent final score was 2-1 (4 out of 9 matches). The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 6 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 19 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 2 comebacks. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 8 of their 22 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Waterford started the Irish championship very well, however, he lost performance and currently has four games in a row without tasting the victory. We remember that the locals lost against Dundalk 2-0. In spite of the bad moment, the trainer Alan Reynolds will have to play in 4-4-2, privileging soccer of possession of ball and organized attacks, mainly through the flanks. On the other hand, Courtney Duffus is the player that stands out until now, with 9 goals scored. It is important to underline that the local team only has 1 defeat in their stadium, against Limerick, 3-6. For this game the coach has all his players.
The away team is currently in the 4 th position of the league, with 30 points won, after 9 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against St Patrick’s, by (5-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Bray Wanderers, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last 9 away league matches Derry City has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 27 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 9 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 18 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Derry City come into this game with a home win against Bray Wanderers, 2-0, returning to the triumphs after four consecutive games without winning in this competition. On this day away from home coach Kenny Shiels must play in 4-2-3-1, privileging a medium or high block and successive attacks, thus exploring the defensive difficulties of his opponent. Aaron McEnuff is the highlight of Derry City, with 10 goals scored. We emphasize that the visitors present enormous fragilities in the defensive sector, mainly outside the home, since they suffered on average 2.11 goals per game. Everything indicates that the visiting coach can count on all his players.
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