St Patrick’s Athletic are going into this game on the back of a good point away from home to Derry City.
They fell behind to a Barry McNamee strike, but Lee Desmond fired home a smashing strike to open his account for Pat’s this season. That secured his team a much needed point after a shocking last number of weeks for Pat’s in the league.
Before scoring that point at the Brandywell you’ve to stretch back to the 26th of April for their last points, at home to UCD.
This is slight worrying for Pats because this year plenty of people thought they’d be up there challenging.
Bohemians have started this season like a house on fire with impressive wins coming all over the park.
The last two weeks have seen Bohs suffer some crushing defeats. One was at home to Cork City 1-0 and now most recently at home to Dundalk where they went down 2-0 and it could have been a lot worse considering Chris Shields missed a penalty in the second half for the Lilywhites.
Bohs never really troubled Dundalk that much on the night and that will cause some concerns for Keith Long and his backroom team, their last points came when beating Derry 2-0 in the Brandywell on the 29th of April.
They will be hoping the last two games are only a minor blip and can get back on track this week in this Dublin Derby.
This game earlier in the season saw Bohs win 1-0 in a packed Dalymount Park with Keith Buckley scoring the winner in the 42nd minute.
Mikey Drennan had a night to forget that evening when he saw red in the 77th minute.
When these two teams meet they seem to throw up some tight affairs with teams winning by the odd goal here and there.
The last five meetings between these two has seen Bohemians winning three, with Pats winning one and the other game being a draw.
Harry Kenny’s side are on a ropey run of form this season whereas Bohs have hit some sort of a stumbling block the last two games losing both of them.
This game will see another massive crowd flow in through the gates of Richmond Park, both teams will be out to make a point for themselves with Pats hoping to get some sort of form going again, while Bohs on the other hand hoping to put this losing streak to a halt.
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Bohs have a young team that play with pride, passion and desire and Keith Long is working wonders on a shoe string budget.
Pats have a lot of new faces in their squad this season and you wouldn’t expect them to click straight away.
There will be tackles at aplenty in this game with a lot of partisan passion on and off the field on the night, a real shame this kind of game hasn’t been brought up by some of the broadcasters as it’d be a good game for all neutral fans or people who can’t make games this Friday.
I think this game is going to throw up a few goals with the two teams going at it from the first whistle.
Keith Long’s men have been the most convincing team out of the two so far this season, both teams will be eager to get a win and the bragging rights until the next time these teams meet.
The betting shows there isn’t much between these teams, but I think Pats will have too much in the tank this time around for Bohs. Especially considering they will have the backing of a solid home crowd trying to urge their team on to get a must 3 points.
Going for a home win in this one with a few goals shared around the park between both teams.
St Pats Win + Over 2.5 goals at 4/1