Match stats: Rovers v UCD
Sligo Rovers sit third in the Airtricity Premier Division table on 32 points behind Derry City and leaders St Patrick's Athletic.
After the same number of games last season Rovers had just three more points.
As the 17th game of 2012 was drawn, a win against UCD would mean Rovers having just one point less than at the same stage last year.
The points total of 32 points from 16 games would have been enough to lead the league in three of the last four seasons.
Leaders St Pat's have recorded 39 points from 17 games which is the second highest over that period of time in the last seven years.
Rovers' goal difference is also better than at the same stage in 2012, although one goal less has been scored two fewer have been conceded.
The current run in all competitions has seen just four wins picked up from the last 12 games. In last year’s league-winning season there was a worse run of four wins from 13 games in the middle part of the season.
Rovers have failed to win any of the last four league games. The last time Rovers went five games without a win was in April - May 2010. That run included home losses to Sporting Fingal and Bohemians, an away loss to St. Pats and draws away to Shamrock Rovers and Galway United.
The Bit o’ Red haven’t scored in four league games in-a-row, the last time this occurred was in April and May 2009 when scoreless draws with Bohs and Drogheda were followed by defeats to Cork City and Shams 1-0 and 3-0 respectively.
The last occasion that Rovers had a run of five successive league games without registering a goal was in October - November 2006. That run started with a scoreless draw at home to Waterford before losing four games in succession without scoring to Derry City, Cork City, UCD and Shelbourne.
Having not scored in the last two home league games, Rovers will be hoping to avoid failing to score for a third time.
This last happened in the Premier Division during the relegation season of 1999/2000. Those games were Bohs (0-0), UCD (0-1) and Drogheda United (0-0) and came in January and February of 2000.
Rovers have failed to win in the last two home games, in 2012 there was a run of three home games without a win and in 2011 there was a run of five games.
Despite the poor scoring run, the Rovers defence had maintained a good record conceding just once in seven games in all competitions with six clean sheets.
Gary Rogers has already surpassed his clean sheet tally from last season by keeping 14 so far in all competitions. In 2012 he had 12.
It is 89 league games since Rovers conceded more than two goals in a game (in a 4-3 win against Sporting Fingal in September 2010).
UCD have done so six times already this year. The second longest run in the league is Shams with 18.
Rovers have played UCD 36 times in the Premier division with Rovers winning 18 times and UCD 12. In the Showgrounds Rovers lead with 12 wins to four.
Its 12 games in this fixture since it ended in a draw and that came in the Showgrounds in June 2008.
Rovers have won six of the last seven games against UCD and 11 of the last 13.
The Bit o’Red have scored two or more goals in the last six home games against UCD and three or more in four out of five. That has given a total of 17 goals from five games with just three conceded.
Its 10 games since UCD got their last win in the Showgrounds and that was a 1-0 win back in 2006. They have picked up just one point since,
The teams met in the UCD Bowl on Easter Monday with Rovers then having won all seven games to begin the season with the home side still looking for their first win.
The Students kept the defending champions out for the first 27 minutes but eventually the Bit o’ Red found a way through.
It was Aaron Greene, who had also scored three days earlier against Bohs, placed the ball home after Djilali and Cretaro combined to set him up from the right. Rovers were made to wait until the hour mark before doubling the lead.
It came from a corner with Greene involved again with his blocked shot falling to David Cawley and he smashed home the second. Rovers dominance produced a third with 15 minutes left, this time Greene picked up the ball from an Elding knock down, went on a mazy run and then finished into the corner of the net to complete Rovers second three goal win in Dublin in the space of four days.
Last six games
28/8/11 LOI UCD 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle)
28/10/11 LOI Sligo Rovers 4-2 UCD (Matthew Blinkhorn, Raf Cretaro, John Dillon, Alan Kirby)
10/3/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-1 UCD (Danny North, Jason McGuinness)
21/5/13 LOI UCD 1-0 Sligo Rovers
20/8/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 UCD (Mark Quigley, Pascal Millien, Romuald Boco)
1/4/13 LOI UCD 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Aaron Greene x2, David Cawley)
UCD have the league’s worst defence with 41 goals conceded. That is six worse that the next team Bray Wanderers.
They have conceded 14 goals in their last three games in all competitions.
UCD have just two clean sheets in their last 21 games. Its 25 away games since they kept a clean sheet and that was a 0-0 with Derry City last April.
That is their only one from the last 48 away games in all competitions.
They haven’t conceded less than two goals in any of their last 13 away games. 10 of those 13 games have ended in defeat.
The Students have scored 14 on the road so far which is second best in the league to leading scorers Derry City who have 19.
Season so far:
The Students season got off to a very poor start that seen them lose their first four games.
This included the very heavy 6-0 loss to Derry City in their first home game. The first point of the season was picked up in their fifth game by drawing 2-2 in the Carlisle Grounds with Bray Wanderers. However, starting with the 3-0 loss in their previous meeting with Rovers this year, they then lost the next four meaning they had only picked up one point from a possible 27 to start the season.
However they got their first win in surprising fashion with a 2-0 home victory against Shamrock Rovers which seen them also collect a first clean sheet of the season.
Despite losing to bottom side Shelbourne in the next game they maintained some good form with wins against Bohs and in highly impressive fashion beating Derry City 4-2 in the Brandywell. After picking up a point at home to Limerick they secured another impressive away victory by beating Dundalk 3-2.
That meant that they had recorded wins over the teams in second, fourth and fifth in the table.
However the last two games have ended in defeats with a large amount of goals being conceded. They were comfortably beaten by St. Pat’s 5-0 in Richmond Park and then lost again to Bray despite scoring four goals they let five in to finish on the wrong end of a 5-4 result.
That result saw them slip behind Bohemains into 11th place though eight points clear of bottom placed Shelbourne. Their top scorer is David McMillan (younger brother of Rovers injured defender Evan) with nine goals.
Last six results:
10/05/13 LOI Derry City 2-4 UCD (Robbie Benson, David McMillan x2 (pens), Dean Clarke)
17/5/13 LOI UCD 1-1 Limerick (Robbie Benson)
24/5/43 LOI Dundalk 2-3 UCD (David McMillan x2 (pen), Robbie Benson)
28/5/13 LOI St. Pat’s 5-0 UCD
1/6/13 FAI St. Pat’s 4-0 UCD
8/6/13 LOI UCD 4-5 Bray Wanderers (Cillian Morrison, David McMillan (pen), David O’Connor, Robbie Creevy)