Finn Harps vs Derry City Betting Tips and Prediction
July 16, 2022
In a Northwest derby at Finn Park on Sunday night, struggling Finn Harps will host Derry City as they make their League of Ireland Premier debut.
Over the past few weeks, the visitors’ Europa Conference League season has been abruptly curtailed, while the hosts’ winless streak is growing as they head towards relegation.
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Finn Harps vs Derry City Tips and Prediction
After losing 3-1 at Shelbourne last Friday, Finn Harps dropped 13 points behind Drogheda United in the race for survival.
After falling behind early at Tolka Park, Ollie Horgan’s team did manage to tie the score through Ethan Boyle, but after giving up additional goals at the end of each half, another devastating loss was sustained.
The Sunday hosts are down to their final two points from the previous 27 available points after a nine-game losing streak that has prevented them from showing any signs of life in their fight to stay up.
The sole bright spot in a miserable 2022 season thus far has been University College Dublin’s even worse performances, who support the table three points behind Finn Harps.
As a result, it appears likely that Horgan’s team will compete in a relegation playoff match when the season comes to an end in November. However, the manager is well aware that should his team’s form continue to deteriorate, it won’t be long before UCD picks up some points of their own in the battle against automatic relegation.
Derry, however, has been absent from domestic play for more over two weeks following their exciting 3-2 triumph against Bohemians on July 1.
The attention has been on a two-legged Europa Conference League qualifying match, but any dreams of competing in the second edition of the competition were dashed at the hands of the Latvian team Riga FC.
With little hope left after losing 2-0 at home to their opponents in the first leg, Ruaidhri Higgins’ team was eliminated from the qualification rounds in the first round on Thursday after traveling to Eastern Europe.
Refocus on the League of Ireland Premier, where the visitors on Sunday will be looking to tighten their grip on a top-three finish in the 2022 season.
Consecutive victories have reversed a recent seven-game losing streak from May to June, putting Derry five points ahead of St. Patrick’s Athletic in fourth position as of this writing. Shamrock Rovers, who lead Higgins’ team by 11 points, appear to have clinched the championship, but Derry will be aiming to secure another qualifying round for the 2019 European Championship as they attempt to conclude the domestic season strongly.
Although Derry should easily win this derby based on their success this season, a taxing travel back home on Friday is likely to leave them a little underprepared on Sunday.
The visitors are still expected to defeat their rivals and solidify their grasp on a top-three slot, despite the fact that the hosts will undoubtedly try to take advantage of their advantage in energy levels.