07-07-23 Daily Football Predictions : Derry City vs Sligo Rivers

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When Derry City continues their League of Ireland Premier Division campaign at home against Sligo Rovers on Friday night, they will be attempting to go back to winning ways. The team led by Ruaidhri Higgins is now third in the standings, six points off of Shamrock Rovers, while Sligo is seventh, barely four points above Cork City in ninth place.

Derry City vs Sligo Rivers

Derry City enjoyed a fantastic season last year, placing second and earning a spot in Europe. They also won the Super Cup at the beginning of this season (against Shamrock Rovers) and the Irish Cup the previous year. This team is clearly on the rise, therefore it comes as no surprise that they are one of the best in the Republic of Ireland. They now hold the third spot with 40 points after 24 games, six points behind Shamrock Rovers in first.

Sligo Rovers obtained consecutive participation in the Europe Qualifications in the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons, but they were unable to do so in the most recent season because they placed fifth. They don’t currently appear to be a team that could finish in the top three. Actually, Rovers are considerably more likely to be relegated than to qualify for Europe. They had 26 points after 22 rounds, which put them only four points out of ninth place and qualified them for the play-off for relegation.

The last five league games at The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium haven’t seen Derry City allow more than one goal, making them particularly difficult to break down at home.

We have grounds to anticipate another good defensive effort from the hosts given that Sligo Rovers have recently struggled to perform on the road. The four-game losing streak for Sligo was broken last Friday when they defeated Bohemian 3-1. For John Russell’s forces, it was a one-way street from the start to the finish of the battle.


With only 18 goals allowed in 24 games, Derry City leads the Premier Division in defensive efficiency. They were under 2.5 goals in the league 17 times as a result of their excellent defense and subpar offense. More than 70% of their league games had a final score of two goals or fewer. In the previous seven games, they were also under 2.5 goals six times.

Derry City are performing well at home despite a recent decline, largely because of an outstanding defensive effort. They haven’t allowed a goal in their last three home games against Shelbourne, Bohemian FC, and Cork City, so Sligo should find it challenging to score against such a strong defense.

Sligo Rovers defeated Bohemian FC 3:1 to end their four-game losing streak. But prior to that victory, we observed that they frequently had scoring problems. They only managed three goals in the eight games prior to that victory. In the first two head-to-head games of this season, we witnessed one and two goals.

In their last five home games, Derry City has gone undefeated, winning three of them while recording four shutouts. In five competitive home games against Sligo Rovers, they remain unbeaten, and we don’t anticipate that streak to end on Friday.

Tip: Derry City to win / Under 2.5 Goals

Derry City to win – ✅

Under 2.5 Goals – ❌

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Over 2.5 goals