Match stats: Rovers v Bohs
With 15 games played so far Rovers have managed 31 points, which is just one less than at the same stage last season. One more goal has been scored this year though with 25 compared to last year's 24.
Rovers response to losing league games has been good recently with only one loss directly following another from the last nine which was in the final two games of 2012. Following the last nine defeats, the game immediately after has been won six times.
Rovers have failed to win any of the last three league games. The last time Rovers went four games without a win was part of a five game winless run in April and May 2010.
That run included home losses to Sporting Fingal and Bohs, an away loss to St. Pats and draws away to Shamrock Rovers and Galway United.
In those last three league games Rovers have also not managed to score. The last time this occurred was in April and May of 2009 when scoreless draws with Bohs and Drogheda were followed by defeats to Cork City and Shamrock Rovers 1-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Having not scored in the last home game, failing to score again against Bohs would be the first time since then with the games with Bohs and Shamrock Rovers mentioned above also not producing any goals.
Despite losing the last home game against Dundalk, Rovers still have the league’s best home record with 16 points and five wins still both the most in the league. This is despite playing a game fewer at home than all other teams in the top half.
It’s been 15 home games on since Rovers lost a Saturday night game. That defeat came in August 2011 against Bohs. That is the only defeat in the last 20.
The last time a team in the bottom half of the table won a game in The Showgrounds was on April 4 2009 when Dundalk, then eighth, won 3-1.
The only other times its happened since Rovers rejoined the top division in 2006 was in October 2007 against Waterford and in August 2006 against UCD.
Last six games:
6/5/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Derry City (Lee Lynch, David Cawley, Ross Gaynor penalty)
10/5/13 LOI Bray Wanderers 0-0 Sligo Rovers
20/5/13 EA Sligo Rovers 4-0 Mervue Utd (Anthony Elding x2 (1 pen), Evan McMillan, Danny Ventre)
24/5/13 LOI Limerick 0-0 Sligo Rovers
28/5/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-1 Dundalk
1/6/13 FAI Waterford United 0-2 Sligo Rovers (Danny Ventre, Anthony Elding)
This will be the 141st meeting of the sides. Bohs have more wins with 64 to Rovers 44 and there has been 32 draws.
At The Showgrounds the head-to-head is tied with both teams having won 27 times with 16 draws.
Rovers are six games unbeaten against Bohs in all competitions with five wins in that time. Bohs last win over the Bit o’Red was in August 2011 when they came from behind to win 2-1 in Sligo.
Bohs have only managed to score once against Rovers in the last six meetings. That goal was a late consolation in the last game between the sides in the Showgrounds which Rovers won 3-1. That is their only goal against the Bit o' Red in 549 minutes of play.
The last 12 meetings between the teams in the Showgrounds have produced five wins each and two draws.
The last 12 overall in the league have seen an even more equal split with both teams winning four times and there also being four draws.
Raffaele Cretaro has scored against his former club Bohs the last two times he has faced them. Four of Rovers last six against Bohs have been scored by former Gypsies players with Aaron Greene and Mark Quigley also scoring.
Last six meetings:
16/10/11 FAI Bohs 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Jason McGuinness)
21/10/11 LOI Bohs 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle x2, Matthew Blinkhorn)
16/3/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 1-0 Bohs (Lee Lynch)
1/6/12 LOI Bohs 0-0 Sligo Rovers
3/9/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-1 Bohs (Mark Quigley, Raf Cretaro, Lee Lynch)
29/3/13 LOI Bohs 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Raf Cretaro, Aaron Greene, Anthony Elding)
Rovers went to Dalymount Park on Good Friday having won all four games played thus far. It didn’t take long for rovers to show the form that had got them there with Raff Cretaro netting against his former club with just two minutes on the clock. He did so with a typical poachers finish from close range after a cross from Ross Gaynor.
Rovers continued to dominate and on the half hour mark doubled the lead.
Again it was a former Gypsies player who did so with Dubliner Aaron Greene drilling home a powerful effort from just outside the box.
Rovers continued to look the better side without managing to get the third until 20 minutes from time. The goal came in the shape of Anthony Elding who finished well after good work from Cretaro to continue his rich vein of form. From there Rovers seen out the rest of the game to stay top of the table.
Bohs are on a six game winless run in the league which is their worst of the season. It is just one short of their worst run last year of seven games.
In all competitions they have picked up just one win from the last eight. That was their EA Sports cup game with Bray which was won 4-2 after extra-time. That means that they have just won of from their last 12 games over 90 minutes. That win also came against Bray.
They are five games without an away win since beating Shelbourne. Going back further they have only had three wins in their last 17.
However in their last 11 away games they have only lost three time. They have been to Cork City, Limerick and UCD and all have been by a single goal. It is 12 away games since they lost by more than a single goal and that was in the Showgrounds when they lost 3-1 to Rovers in September last year.
They have conceded just nine times on the road compared to 16 at home, only the top five clubs have conceded fewer.
Bohs are on a run of 12 games without a clean sheet in all competitions.
Season so far:
Bohs come into this game sitting in 11th position only ahead of bottom club Shelbourne having been knocked out of the FAI Cup last week losing 3-0 at home to Drogheda United.
Their season began well with a win over UCD but they didn’t win any of the next three with their only point coming in a scoreless draw at home to Shamrock Rovers.
They picked up their second win with a 1-0 win at Shelbourne on Easter Monday with an early Kevin Devaney goal. However losses followed against Bohs, Limerick and Dundalk until they ended that run with what is their most recent win 3-2 at home over Bray.
They are on a six game winless run since which has seen draws with St. Pats, Drogheda and Shamrock Rovers but also three losses to UCD, Cork City and to St. Pats in their last game.