Team news for Bray match

Sligo Rovers face Bray Wanderers on Saturday as the Bit o’ Red kick off their home Premier Division season at 7:45pm.

Rovers are unbeaten in the last 13 games against Bray which is our longest unbeaten run against any team in the division.

The Bit o’ Red haven’t started a league season with two wins from two since 1996/97, but last week's 1-0 success against Derry City gives hopes of repeating that feat this weekend.

Ian Baraclough’ side were 8-0 aggregate winners against Glentoran in the Setanta Sports Cup in between the match with Candystripes.

Kieran Djilali is in contention for a home debut.

Danny Ventre is suspended and is also on the sidelines with a leg injury. Joseph Ndo sustained a fractured bone in his hand and will miss out. Danny North is working towards fitness later in the season.

Aaron Greene is back from an ankle knock. Iarfhlaith Davoren will return to training this week.

Rovers boss Baraclough said: “Everybody likes to start on a positive note. We’ve done that with three wins, scoring goals and not conceding as well which is a bonus. But we’re still on a learning curve. There are plenty of areas we can improve.

“It would have been easy to go to Glentoran last Monday and just treat the tie as over. We didn’t do that, we started off well, scored goals and showed the opposition what we’re about again.

"We gave game time to other players that will be pushing for Saturday and it’s important we have that. It gives me a nice problem for the selection.

“It’s a bit of a blow that Joseph has picked up an injury and we can’t quite put a time frame on just how long he will miss, but certainly will not be available for the match with Bray.

“It’s why you have a squad and we have players to come in, stake a claim and show they are worthy of the position.

“Bray were struggling last season, it might not be the case this season. They will hope to get into mid-table and perhaps a run in a cup competition.

“They will come here and try to stifle us and cause us problems. It is our first home match in the league, one that should entice a crowd, and we hope to continue our good start.”

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