Tuesday night’s game at 21:45 of Derry City and St. Patrick will be the 26th for the two sides in the current season and matter enormously in the fight for the title, especially for guests. And Derry match is very important because the fight for a podium place in the Europa League and thus continue.
Derry City comes in this match after a less successful, a period in which the team suffered a sudden drop in form, losing contact with top performers and also abandoning the fight for the title. The hosts of this match boast the best attack in Ireland, with 45 successes in 25 stages. They checked three defeats in the last four stages and a total of 45 points ranked fourth, the big problem for this is by far the defensive. In the 12 matches at home balance is not praised, with five wins, two draws and lost five matches.
St. Patricks on the other hand comes to this game with a very good moral after a rather long series of games without defeat. Away team currently occupy the second position with 54 points and a goal difference of 42-13, boasting the best defense in Ireland today. St. Patricks are just one point behind leaders Dundalk, but with a game less, and a win or even a draw would return visitors atop band, where we are accustomed to in recent weeks. Away St. Patricks was handled admirably, returning with 25 points from 33 possible.
Since 2011 until now we had no less than nine meetings between these two sides. Twice was imposed Derry City, always at home, the other two times were better from the St. Patricks, once home and once away, and five games ended in a draw. In the last nine direct confrontations were scored on average two goals per match fixed.