Galway FC and Sligo Rovers meet at Terryland Park on Friday in a top versus bottom encounter. Rovers rose to the top of the Airtricity League with a 2-0 win over Drogheda United last weekend, while Galway are rooted to the bottom with a mere five points from 22 games. Galway’s poor form continued last week with a 2-0 defeat to mid-table Bohemians.
Sligo will be confident of retaining top spot with a win over the league’s bottom dwellers. Rovers beat Galway 1-0 at Terryland Park back in April, with John Dillon scoring the solitary goal for Sligo. Rovers also won 3-0 when the sides met at The Showgrounds in May.
Sligo have been in impressive form in recent months, only losing one league game in their last 14 matches. Paul Cook’s men have won 11 times in that period to rise steadily to the top of the table. The only blemish was a 2-1 defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic at the end of May.
Galway, conversely, have endured a miserable season and find themselves six points adrift at the bottom of the Airtricity League. Sean O’Connor’s side have lost 16 straight in the league and have failed to win since a 1-0 victory against Bohemians in March. Galway have also only managed five goals in their last 12 outings, with three in the 4-3 defeat against UCD. Ominously, a defence that has shipped 45 goals in their 13 matches since the start of May will be facing the league’s second top goal scorer in Eoin Doyle.
Encouragingly for Galway, Sligo only have the seventh best away record in the league, winning four, drawing four and losing three of their 11 away ties. Galway, however, are winless at home and have only drawn one match. Against an in-form Sligo Rovers, Galway will be rank outsiders.
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