Thursday, 16 August 2012

St. Patrick's Athletic vs Bray Wanderers: Match Preview.

Bray Wanderers make the short trip into Dublin this week to face 4th place St Pats. 9th place Bray are without doubt the underdogs heading into Friday's match in Richmond Park.

The away side come into the game on the back of a dramatic draw at home to Dundalk where they left it until the last kick of the game to snatch a point from the Louth men.

Bray have had to wait a long time for a win. The seaside club have not picked up all three points since before the summer break when they beat U.C.D at home on June 1st.

The Wanderers fans will be happy to hear that manager Pat Devlin has a full squad to choose from ahead of the clash. Devlin, speaking after the draw at home to Dundalk last week said that improvements are needed if they want to push on and drive clear of the bottom of the table.

He highlighted his teams poor finishing and said they need to improve that for Friday's game.

"I'm hoping we can improve that aspect of our game against Pats who have had a great season so far."

He also said:

"The games between us have always been entertaining and we are looking forward to it."

Of Bray's last eight away league games, they have won just once, losing three times and drawing four in the process.

Pats go into the game with high expectations, currently sitting one point behind champions Shamrock Rovers with two games in hand. A win tomorrow is required to keep up the pressure on the side from Tallaght. They have reasons to be confident, too, considering Bray haven't claimed a victory against them since the opening weekend of the 2011 season. Since then, the Inchicore club have recorded 5 victories over The Seagulls and one draw.

Pats have had a mixed run of form over the last few league games. Of their last five, they have won two, drawn two, and lost once.

Following a 1-0 win away to Cork in their last game, the Inchicore side will take confidence into this game in front of their own supporters who will surely expect nothing less than all three points.

The previous matches involving these two sides this season have resulted with a 1-0 win for Pats and a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Carliisle in May.

I can only see one outcome for this match, it won't come as a surprise to many: Home win. Pats will be hoping to see a comfortable victory, I can see the final score being 3-1 to Pats.

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