Derry City go into this encounter full of confidence having defeated Shamrock Rovers in Saturday nights’s EA Sports League Cup Final at Turner’s Cross.
They have also produced a series of excellent displays in recent weeks in the league with an away victory at Galway United sandwiched between victories at home to St Patrick’s Athletic and away to Bohemians respectively.
Bray are also in decent form with a recent home thrashing of Galway United and draw at home to Dundalk cementing their mid-table position. The Seagulls will, however, struggle to halt the Candy Stripes title march and Derry boss Stephen Kenny will accept nothing less than all three points at the Brandywell.
Kenny will be forced into numerous changes, with both Shane McEleney and versatile midfielder Barry Molloy set to serve one match suspensions. Eddie McCallion is also struggling with a calf injury.
Indeed, despite Derry claiming their first piece of this season’s silverware only last weekend, captain Kevin Deery is not dwelling on their Turner’s Cross triumph “The League Cup has been and gone and we’ll take great confidence from the victory, but our challenge now is to go on and win the Premier Division. We have six games left and they will be six massive matches.”
Bray’s difficult task has been made even harder through both suspension and injury.
Shane O’ Connor who was controversially sent off against Shamrock Rovers will miss the trip to the Brandywell while manager Pat Devlin will make a last minute decision on Chris Shields who suffered a knock at Tallaght Stadium.
Following Bray’s defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Devlin said “We were harshly done by, the sending off was unnecessary, and at that stage we were controlling the game. The sending off was the turning point, in the end the final score flattered Rovers.” Bray will need a similarly brave effort to overcome Derry but the manager is reservedly confident “I’m happy the way the lads are playing and I’m looking forward to our trip to Derry. It’s not going to be easy but we will give it our best shot.”