Bray's woeful defence makes Derry an outstanding bet
From 7.45pm Friday
Derry City are an outstanding bet to beat Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.
You could back the Candystripes at 15-8 but ready preference is for the 11-10 with money back if it is a draw. Derry have lost only once on their travels, conceded just six goals in eight games, and they appear to be coming back to their best after the shocking loss of Ryan McBride four matches into the season.
Bray's solid second half of last term was based on strong defending, but they have been dire in that regard this term, conceding 31 goals in 18 games. They are missing John Sullivan's defensive nous in midfield – he is missing again – while their back four has made a number of poor mistakes in recent matches.
It looks as though they lack confidence and hunger but that cannot be said of Derry, who are an exceptionally good passing side and now have Rory Patterson back up front.
Eir Sport are broadcasting the Munster Derby as champions elect Cork City host Limerick. The Shannonsiders face City at a relatively good time as the midseason break may have disrupted their flow along with numerous rumours about players leaving.
This should be a lively encounter and Limerick are capable of scoring, with ex-City attacker Chiedozie Ogbene's pace a possible issue for the hosts. Back both teams to score at 10-11.
Patrick's and Bohemians are without some regular starters for the Dublin derby. Pat's have a terrible home record, though they really should be beating Bohs at home.
That said, the Gypsies are set up quite well on the road. It is difficult to detect much value in the prices, and the same can be said for the other games this weekend.
Derry City draw-no-bet
5pts 11-10 Paddy Power
Both teams to score in Cork v Limerick
2pts 10-11 bet365, Betfair