Sports Mole preview Friday’s clash between Drogheda United and Bohemians in the League of Ireland Premier League, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Two teams from the bottom half of the Ireland Premier table will meet on Friday when Drogheda United host gypsies at United Park.
Despite the fact that they’ve both been in mixed form throughout the campaign, they’re each heading into this one with a win in their last league encounter, which will give them plenty of momentum.
Drogheda United currently sit just above the relegation zone, but thanks to their recent performances they have been able to widen that gap.
There are now 13 points between them and Finn Harps, which has given the Drogs some breathing room which they hope will continue.
Although it is lower in the table, Kevin DohertyThe men of have lost just once in their previous seven matches, and they immediately bounced back from that defeat with their latest performance.
Drogheda United beat Dundalk 1-0 in their previous game which was an impressive effort against the team in second place at the moment as Dean Williams scored from the first minute to guarantee the result.
At home, the Drogs have lost just three times, showing much more consistency in front of their own fans, which should boost their confidence for this one.
Williams got on the scoresheet the last time these two sides met earlier this season, but it was a game that saw them tie the points with a 1-1 draw as Jordan Flores marked for Bohemians.
The visitors may be higher in the standings than Drogheda but their recent form hasn’t been as consistent which has seen the hosts close the gap in the table.
A loss on Friday would lead to a single point separating them, but the Bohemians should gain some confidence from picking up three points in their last league encounter.
Despite falling behind to University College Dublin, they responded well with goals from Flores, Liam Burtand Dawson Devey to secure a 3-1 win.
After a long break, the team was kept on their toes with a friendly game against Union Berlin, and even though they lost that game 2-1, it will have kept the team in shape.
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Williams found the back of the net again in Drogheda United’s last meeting, which was his sixth of the season, and he will lead the line because of it.
Gary Degan is another name that can be expected for the hosts as the experienced footballer is expected to find himself in the heart of midfield.
The Drogs turned things around in the back four in the win over Dundalk, and after keeping a clean sheet, it’s something that could end up being replicated once again.
Flores has proven to be the dangerous man for the Bohemians of late in the attacking midfield role, adding goals to his game this season which should keep him in the squad.
After their recent friendly against Union Berlin, the visitors will not lack fitness or sharpness, which could potentially give them a slight points advantage.
Possible starting line-up of Drogheda United:
McCabe; Heeney, Quinn, Cowan, Weir; Rooney, Deegan, Clarke; Foley, Markey; williams
Possible starting composition of the Bohemians:
Ryan; Wilson, Kelly, Kerr, Doherty; Levingston, Devoy; Flores, Burt, Coote; Omoche=
We say: Drogheda United 2-0 Bohemians
Drogheda United may be lower in the table and technically heading into the game as underdogs, but they should have enough quality and momentum behind them to win this one.
The Bohemians have been hit and miss lately, and that’s something that could cause them problems in this particular contest against an overall in good shape team.
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