Preview: Rovers meet Derry on Saturday

Sligo Rovers host Derry City on Saturday in The Showgrounds. The game is a 6pm kick-off and live on WATCHLOI.

The teams have had differing starts this year. Rovers remain unbeaten after six games, while Derry are waiting for their first win but recorded two draws in recent games. 

The teams met three times last season. Rovers secured 2-0 and 1-0 victories, while also progressing on penalties in the FAI Cup quarter-final. All three games took place in the second part of the 2020 season.

Derry have appointed Ruaidhri Higgins as their new manager in news from the Candystripes ahead of the game. 

In team news, Danny Kane is out and Shane Blaney is doubtful due to injury. Walter Figueira is available after recovering from a knock in Dalymount 

Liam Buckley said: We worked extremely hard on Tuesday. There wasn’t a lot in the game and we were happy with scoring three goals. We’ve been preparing well, recovering on Wednesday and then looking at this game. Our focus has been on being ready and prepared to be at it from the start on Saturday so we’ll try to do that and see if we can get the result.”

Speaking about the change in manager at Derry, Buckley added: “It doesn’t change a lot for us. It is our performance that will have the biggest say from our end. 

“We’re quite clear on Derry being a good side with good players, the draw with Dundalk last Monday illustrated that and I think they’ve been unlucky this season. 

“It’s going to be as hard-fought as every other game we’ve played so far this season. Nothing comes easy, that is how the league is. We’re looking forward to it.”