Both sides will hope for an upturn in fortunes at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night (kick-off 7:45pm).
Wanderers go into the game having won only one from seven fixtures this season and lie just two points off the bottom of the table.
Rovers meanwhile have lost twice over the last two weeks with an aggregate score of 1-8 (though they sandwiched those reverses to Derrry and St. Pat’s with a 6-0 win over Dundalk last Friday night).
Bray can take comfort from the fact that they have scored in every one of their seven league games and were it not for bad luck; Pat Devlin’s men would be much further up the Premier Division table.
Bray can take further comfort from the fact that they have no new injury concerns with only Shane O’Connor and Adam Mitchell doubtful. Speaking midweek following the defeat to Shelbourne, Devlin was in cautious mood:
“We are both coming into this game off the back of defeats so it should be interesting. Games between us are usually unpredictable and this is no different.”
Aside from the thumping at Richmond Park; Rovers have played well this season and are one point behind top-of-the-table Sligo.
On the injury front, full back Kerrea Gilbert is joined by Ciaran Kilduff and Stephen O’Donnell on the side lines. Despite these absentees, the reigning champions will go into this game confident and eager to keep the pressure on table-topping Sligo Rovers.
In terms of injuries; full back Kerrea Gilbert is joined by Ciaran Kilduff and Stephen O’Donnell on the absent list. Despite these big name absences, the reigning champions will go into this game as favorites.
Although the Hoops suffered a comprehensive 0-3 defeat to Derry in the EA Sports Cup semi-final on Monday; Rovers rested a number of big names that night and manager Stephen Kenny has said of Friday’s fixture:
“We need to put the Derry game behind us and concentrate on the game against Bray now. Pat Devlin has again managed to unearth some excellent young players this season and when you go to Bray you’re always in for a battle.”
Whilst Kenny’s sentiments are certainly true; the superior experience of the defending league champions should mean that they come out of the Carlisle Grounds with a narrow victory.