Bohemians Dublin is approaching this match after a loss in the previous round against Shamrock Rovers with a 1:0 result, playing as a visiting team.
They conceded very early, already in the 5th minute over Lafferty, not being able to level up during the rest of the encounter. The visitors had the initiative in the second part of the match, created some nice opportunities, but the credit has to be given to the goalkeeper of the home team, as he saved his goal on several occasions.
With this defeat, Bohemians found themselves in European 2nd place, having five points less than first-placed Shamrock Rovers, and a ticket for the Champions League.
Forward Magerusan is absentee without playing so far. Doubtful is defender Cornwall (8/0) for this one.
Waterford finally ended their four matches winless streak in the Premier Division, as they were able to defeat St. Patricks with a 3:0 result, back at their home last Friday evening.
The hosts opened the match more aggressively and after the first forty-five minutes, they had a 2:0 lead which was brought by Coote and Martin. In the continuation, a more balanced play was seen, but the hosts were more dangerous with the ball to their feet, as they scored once again in the 80th minute over O’Connor.
Waterford is currently at 5th place in the standings, having only one point less then Sligo Rovers and a ticket for the Europa League.
The guests are set to miss defender Bone (8/1), as well as forward Murphy who anyway didn’t play yet.
The hosts are looking way better this season
If we exclude a loss from the previous match against currently the best team in the Premier Division, the hosts are in quite a momentum. They won five matches in a row, and in my opinion, should pull this one out without any major difficulties.
With a nice chance in this match to get closer to that first place, they will certainly approach aggressively with a maximum focus in achieving a victory. The guests do remain just a modest side comparing to them which had a really weak previous opponent.