St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Bray Wanderers
Republic of Ireland – Premier Division
Date: Friday, 3 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Richmond Park, Dublin.
Bray Wanderers saw a glimmer of hope three weeks ago when the dispatched Sligo Rovers 2-1 at home, but their Premier Division ambitions have suffered a serious blow with back-to-back defeats to Bohemians and Cork City.
The one away at Bohs, which saw them concede as many as six goals, was particularly painful, and it practically sent the Seagulls straight into the second division.
The visitors are nine points short of the relegation play-offs spot, a bit too high of a margin knowing there are only nine games left to play until the end of the season.
They simply have an imperative to grab the spoils from this trip to the capital as they are to face the likes of Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers in the next couple of rounds.
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Bray Wanderers: Head-to-head
Bray Wanderers clinched one of rare wins in this term of the Premier Division just against the Pats, beating them 3-1 on the home patch in early-June.
The Seagulls thus ended the poor four-loss streak in matches with St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Overall, the Saints have a much better head to head record with 44 wins in 69 meetings with Bray.
Each of last five head to head games saw three or more goals scored.
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Bray Wanderers: Prediction
St. Patrick’s fell 2-1 away at Derry City last week and the clash with the Seagulls should really provide them an opportunity to bounce back and remove all doubts about the potential engagement in the relegation battle.
They are nine points away from the danger zone at the moment and a win here would certainly help Liam Buckley and his men breathe easier ahead of the eight final matches of the campaign.
Knowing the Pats will be up against the league’s weakest defensive line on the occasion, we expect the likes of Conan Bryne and Jake Keegan to shine and add more to their fine attacking tallies in this term of Premier Division (13 goals combined so far).
The hosts are heavy favourites and we expect them to justify the tag and pick up a comprehensive victory in what should really be a straightforward affair at Richmond Park.
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Bray Wanderers: Bet Tips
St. Patrick’s Athletic -2.5 handicap @ 2.15
Over 1.5 goals in the first half @ 2.00.