The two teams who are struggling for form and consistency will face off in a league clash that they will both be looking to win. With Derry City plunged into deep club crises, Dundalk, on the other hand, have both surprisingly and shockingly not been able to secure three points in their opening six games of the new season. Jim Magiltion, Dundalk’s sporting director, and Stephen McDonnell, the club’s academy side manager, alongside Giuseppe Rossi, will lead the team out tonight after two members of their management team left the club.
Derry City manager Declan Devine is on the brink of losing his job and has been under intense pressure in the last couple of weeks, but his side’s 1-1 draw with Drogheda relieved him of some of those pressure. However, he would be targeting a much better result tonight to further hand his job a little more lifeline.
They also need to start winning games so they can start their climb up the table in order for them to avoid the patchy battle to avoid relegation.
For Derry, even though Marc Walsh is still ruled out of this fixture, he has been confirmed to have returned to first-team training after recovering from his injury. As for defender Darren Cole, further scans will be made to confirm the extent of his injury and is also ruled out.
Dundalk midfielder Olé Erik Midtskogen is fit and available to feature in this match despite coming off their last league fixture against St Patrick’s Athletic with an injured nose. Wilfried Zahibo is also available while the duo of Daniel Kelly and Brian Hartland are both going to miss the game through knee injuries.
Dundalk 1:0 Derry City