Bottom of the table Galway United make the journey to the east coast on Friday night as they take on Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.
Wanderers have already beaten Galway twice this season but before their most recent victory last September, Galway had not lost in the previous 12 meetings between the sides.
Bray go into this match on the back of suffering their sixth loss in their last seven league games, after such a promising start to the season which saw them hit second spot in the table at one point the club seemed certain for mid table unless they can rediscover their form.
Last week offered a good chance to address their slump however a 2-1 to second bottom Drogheda United will not have helped their flagging confidence.
Meanwhile Galway’s plight continued. A 3-0 drubbing from Derry City condemned United to their 20th straight loss, a miserable stat for any side.
Bray: Dave Webster, Derek Prendergast, Chris Sheilds and Shane O’Neill all return from suspensions, while Gary Shaw and Darren Quigley are now back to full fitness after long term injuries. Shane O’Connor is also added to the squad after missing the Drogheda match.
Galway: Galway United continue without long term injury victims Johnny Keane and Sean Kelly while head injury victim Bobby Ryan is a major doubt. Yob Son returns to the squad after suspension.
Bray Wanderers’ Director of Football Pat Devlin offered his thoughts on his team’s recent showings: “We just didn’t play last week against Drogheda and were never at the races and in the end the best team won. We have had a bad spell over the last number of weeks and now we need to go out and perform. It will be a similar game to the Drogheda game – we now need to stand up and be counted .”
Prediction: Despite suffering seven straight defeats, Bray should bounce back to winning ways and it’s hard to see anything other than a home win
Bray Conor Murphy 7
Galway Alan Murphy 3