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Jun 25, 2021 at 7.45pm UK
DerryDerry City
Kelly (36'), Hoban (56' pen.)
Leahy (51'), McEleney (80')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Toal (60')
Malone (41'), Lafferty (44'), Cole (56'), Thomson (80')

Preview: Dundalk vs. Derry City - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Dundalk vs. Derry City - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Friday's League of Ireland Premier clash between Dundalk and Derry City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Dundalk and Derry City meet in the League of Ireland Premier Division on Friday evening with just a point separating the two teams in the standings.

While Dundalk only sit narrowly behind the visitors, Derry head into this contest as one of the form teams in the league.

Match preview

Despite their status as the biggest club in Ireland over the past five seasons, Dundalk have recorded back-to-back wins on just one occasion since March.

Vinny Perth has since returned to Oriel Park, claiming four points from his opening two fixtures to move the club into seventh position.

The recently-appointed boss will expect to make further progress up the standings providing that Dundalk can maintain the defensive improvements made during the 1-0 triumph at Drogheda United.

Michael Duffy netted the decisive goal during that fixture, finally ending an eight-match wait for his second strike of the season.

Dundalk face opponents in Derry who have not suffered defeat during the same period, keeping the team in contention for the top five.

While five of those games ended in draws, Ruaidhri Higgins will be delighted with the character shown by his team after a slow start to the campaign.

Much has been made of Derry's abysmal form at home, but claiming each of their five victories on their travels makes them a tough test for any team in the division.

You have to go back to April 9 for their last away setback with 16 points coming from a possible 18 since their loss at leaders St Patrick's Athletic.

Will Patching has scored doubles in each of Derry's last two wins on the road, but the playmaker is unable to line up against his parent club on Friday.

Dundalk League of Ireland Premier form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Derry City League of Ireland Premier form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D

Team News

On the back of their excellent success at Drogheda, Perth will give consideration to selecting the same Dundalk XI.

However, he has plenty of options should he wish to introduce fresh legs with Cameron Dummigan, Sean Murray and David McMillan all pushing for recalls.

Joe Thomson is in line to feature in the Derry midfield with Patching having to spend this fixture on the sidelines.

Danny Lupano should also come back into the centre of defence after replacing Eoin Toal at half time versus Sligo Rovers on Monday night.

Dundalk possible starting lineup:
Abibi; Jurkovskis, Nattestad, Boyle, Dummigan; Shields, Sloggett; Kelly, McEleney, Duffy; Hoban

Derry City possible starting lineup:
Gartside; Boyce, Lupano, McJannet, Lafferty; Harkin, Thomson; Fitzgerald, Malone, Akintunde; Parkhouse

We say: Dundalk 1-2 Derry City

With both teams being satisfied with their recent results, we expect an encounter between two confident teams on Friday. That said, Derry have looked the more solid over a longer period, giving us reason to predict a narrow triumph for the visitors.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data

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