Derry City v Galway United preview

Derry City will be hoping to keep their title race alive against bottom-place Galway United after Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to league leaders Shamrock Rovers all but ended Stephen Kenny’s teams’ hopes of winning the championship.

Ryan McBride looks set to be back in the Derry City team after completing 76 minutes against Rovers following a groin injury but Eddie McCallion and Owen Morrison look likely to miss out due to calf injuries.

Galway United will be without long-term injury victims Johnny Keane (knee), Eric Holland (hamstring) and Victor Collins (Achilles tendon) while Laurence Gaughan is still recovering from a quad injury.

South Korean winger Jin Gu Kim will miss the game after picking up his fourth yellow card in the 2-1 defeat against Drogheda and so will serve a one game suspension.

City are in third place in the league, eight points behind leaders Rovers with three games to play, and four points behind Sligo Rovers who both have one less game to play.

The likelihood of Derry catching up with Shamrock Rovers is not in the Candystripes favour as the champions only need another win to end City’s title chances and their last two games are slightly less challenging on paper; Rovers play 8th placed UCD and Derry’s opponents tomorrow Galway, while Derry still have a tough game at Richmond Park and at home against Bohemians.

Stephen Kenny’s men still have to overcome Galway United tomorrow however and if the match is anything like Galway’s last away game against Sligo Rovers which ended 7-1 to Rovers, Galway are in for a long 90 minutes.

Galway’s last visit to the Brandywell ended in similar fashion when Galway, under the management of Sean Connor at the time, suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat at the hands of Derry City when Eamon Zayed bagged four goals while Patrick McEleney and James McClean got the other two.

Zayed seems to enjoy playing Galway United, as the City striker has scored seven times against the Tribesmen in the three meetings this season; netting twice in Derry’s last visit to Galway when they won 3-0, having previously been on the score sheet the first time the two sides met in April, when Derry ran away with a 4-1 win.

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