Match date: 19 May 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Ireland Football
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
3-1 - Won
Last season Derry City ended at third spot at the table in Irish Premier Division, now after 13 rounds are 4th and must show some improving in order to climb up at the table, in last six rounds they got five draws and celebrated only once, tonight are facing at home with Shamrock Rovers and although are favorites it won't be easy at all to collect points.
Hosts were pretty effective and in 13 rounds scored 21 goal, after perfect start of the season and four victories in four games they dropped their form and suffered four consecutive defeats, they still failed to get back on the tracks but tonight i believe that can achieve victory and at least retain their current spot. In previous meeting with Shamrock Rovers celebrated with narrow result away from home and i believe that will at least repeat that here.
Shamrock Rovers meanwhile are at this moment probably in best shape since this season started, they are coming here after three consecutive victories while in seven games suffered only one defeat. However they weren't so great on travelings and most of their victories in this campaign came at home field, here despite opponents aren't in their best form i doubt that will manage to overcome them.
Guests currently occupies 5th spot at the table with only one point less than home side, after slow start they managed to find the right form and seems pretty confident at this moment but in my opinion there are good chances for their nice streak to be ended, in last five meetings with hosts they suffered four defeats and got one draw and to end that negative record must play some really good football. Visitors are coming here without injured midfielders Ryan Connolly (5/0), Paul Corry (2/0) while forward Sean Boyd (12/0) is suspended.
Hosts are favorites, they are one of the strongest teams in Ireland and should be able to win this game despite maybe aren't in their best shape, guests are pretty confident at this moment and are on nice run but still i believe that Derry City will win this game.