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When Sligo Rovers host University College Dublin at The Showgrounds on Sunday, it will be expected that they will maintain pressure on the top three teams in the League of Ireland Premier.
The home team enters this match on the heels of recent success in Europe, while the visitors’ losing streak continues to grow as they inch closer to being relegated from the top division.
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The hosts on Sunday play at home for the first time in more than two weeks since defeating Shelbourne 3-1 on July 2.
Instead, Sligo has been focused on their two-legged Europa Conference League match with Bala Town, which they barely won after a scare on Thursday night.
After winning 2-1 in Wales the previous week, the Irish squad was in a strong position to return home in the middle of the week, but extra time was required because they dropped the second leg 1-0 in front of their own fans.
Both teams were unable to win over the extra 30 minutes, but Sligo prevailed by a score of 4-3 in the penalty shootout to tie Scottish team Motherwell for a spot in the second round of qualifying the next week.
However, attention must momentarily return to domestic competition for the time being, as Rovers are now in fifth place in the League of Ireland after a five-game unbeaten streak.
With 14 games remaining, John Russell’s team’s chances of qualifying for another European campaign are far from over. However, the manager is fully aware that his team must close that gap over the coming weeks, beginning with Sunday’s hosting of struggling UCD.
Given that UCD has won just one of their first 22 games, the visitors could not have had a worse season to thus point.
Bottom Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Bohemians at home resulted in the team in last position suffering their fourth straight loss and sixth in their last seven games.
As a result, there is now a staggering 16 points between them and Drogheda United in eighth place, and the most they can hope for in the next few months of the 2022 season is a struggle for the relegation playoff slot.
Currently, Finn Harps, who have had a similarly bad season as Sunday’s visitors to The Showgrounds, are just three points ahead of UCD in that standing. However, recording a win to catch their relegation rivals is much harder said than done for Andrew Myler’s team.
It appears to be a huge effort for UCD to avoid a fifth straight loss at the weekend given that they have lost seven times and drawn twice in their past nine matches with Sligo during the last eight years.
Despite the hosts having played a terrific football on Thursday night, Sligo should easily win this match on Sunday.
As things stand, UCD does not appear to be very capable of fighting against the drop, thus Sligo should be able to maintain pressure on the top three with a convincing victory.