Sligo Rovers v Galway United preview

Leaders Sligo Rovers will be hoping to move three points clear at the top of the table, for 24 hours at least, when they welcome Galway United to the Showgrounds on Saturday.

When the two sides met in July, Sligo ran riot running home 8-0 winners at Terryland Park and the bit ‘o’red will be keen to keep their momentum going against their Connacht neighbours with another win.

In three meetings so far this season, Rovers have scored 12 and conceded 0 against the league’s bottom side and the last time this two met in Sligo, the home side ran out 3-0 winners.

Paul Cook will be without the services of Jason McGuinness and Eoin Doyle who are both ruled out with injuries while Richie Ryan also misses out through suspension.

Despite their recent dominance over Galway Cook was taking nothing for granted coming into the game, telling the club’s official website “We know Galway will try to stop us and they come here with nothing to lose.

The pleasing thing for me is that in our last two games we have been very professional, recorded wins and put in the level of performance we needed. That is what we’ll be aiming for this week.”

Galway manager John Brennan, whose side lost their 27th game of a disappointing season last weekend against Bohs will be without five first team players for the local derby with long term absentees Johnny Keane (knee), Victor Collins (achilles tendon) and Eric Holland (hamstring) all definitely be out while South Korean centre back Yob Son misses the trip to his former club after he suffered a dead leg in training on Tuesday night.

Stephen Walsh is suspended as he serves an automatic one match suspension after his sending off against Bohemians however there was some good news ahead of the game as Jin Gu Kim returns to the squad after missing two weeks because of a niggly hamstring injury.

Speaking ahead of the game Brennan was wary of conceding an early goal against the league leaders and spoke of the need to keep it tight “It’s going to be a huge game. We have to focus on keeping it tight, be in the game in the first half and after that give it the best shot we can.”

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