Derry City vs Galway Utd prediction, odds & betting tips – 07/06/2024

Derry City vs Galway Utd prediction
Can Galway upset the odds to pick up points at Derry? – Photo by Icon Sport

Highflying Derry City take on Galway Utd at The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in what should be a fascinating Irish Premier Division fixture on Friday, 7 June.

Derry will be determined to keep pace with leaders Shelbourne by producing a victory over a stubborn Galway outfit. Previous encounters between the teams this term have been tight, though the Candystripes will be eager to harness home advantage on Friday evening.

Derry City vs Galway Utd prediction: Margins should be slim

Key Stats

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in each of the two previous meetings between Derry and Galway this season.
  • Galway have lost only one of their last seven away assignments in the division.
  • The last two tussles between these outfits were all square at half-time.
  • Galway have conceded only six goals in nine away games combined this term.

Pre-game odds and win probability: Bookies backing Derry

  • HOME: 4/5 (1.80) – 55.6%
  • DRAW: 12/5 (3.40) – 29.4%
  • AWAY: 7/2 (4.50) – 22.2%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

You can peruse all of our latest predictions for this week’s other matches on our football betting tips page.

Last five H2Hs: Galway have had the upper hand

Galway United have already claimed four points from two meetings with Derry this season and they dug out a 1-0 victory when they last visited the Brandywell in March.

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 03/05/24

Galway United

Galway United

0
Derry City

Derry City

0

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 29/03/24

Derry City

Derry City

0
Galway United

Galway United

1

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 15/09/17

Galway United

Galway United

2
Derry City

Derry City

1

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 02/06/17

Derry City

Derry City

2
Galway United

Galway United

1

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 08/05/17

Galway United

Galway United

0
Derry City

Derry City

0

Derry City preview: Whelan inching towards a return

Derry City are set to be without the services of midfielder Jordan McEneff and Colm Whelan this week, though the latter had an outside chance of making the cut. Defender Sam Todd meanwhile, has a heel injury and will definitely miss out. City eased to a 3-0 win over Waterford in their last test.

Predicted lineup: Maher (GK), Dummigan, Connolly, S. McEleney, Doherty – O'Reilly, P. McEleney, McMullan, Patching, Duffy, Hoban

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W

Galway United

Galway United

0

Derry City

Derry City

2

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 03/06/24

W

Waterford FC

Waterford FC

0

Derry City

Derry City

3

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 31/05/24

D

Dundalk

Dundalk

0

Derry City

Derry City

0

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 24/05/24

D

Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers

2

Derry City

Derry City

2

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 20/05/24

L

Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers

1

Derry City

Derry City

0

Galway Utd preview: Visitors at close to full strength

Colm Horgan is listed as Galway's only injury concern ahead of Friday's game and the defender is expected to sit out the club's test in the north with a knee complaint. Galway were beaten 2-1 by St. Patrick's Athletic last time out.

Predicted lineup: Clarke (GK), Esua, Slevin, Brouder, Kazeem, Nugent, McCormack, O'Sullivan, Hurley, McCarthy, Walsh

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 07/06/24

L

Derry City

Derry City

2

Galway United

Galway United

0

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 31/05/24

L

St Patricks

St Patricks

2

Galway United

Galway United

1

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 24/05/24

W

Dundalk

Dundalk

0

Galway United

Galway United

2

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 17/05/24

W

Drogheda United

Drogheda United

2

Galway United

Galway United

3

Republic of Ireland Premier Division 10/05/24

D

Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers

0

Galway United

Galway United

0

Player to watch – Brendan Clarke

38-year-old keeper Brendan Clarke has been a steady presence between the sticks for Galway this season and the veteran net minder has been an ever-present for United, starting all 18 Premier Division matches this term since the Tribesmens’ recent promotion.

Derry City vs Galway Utd prediction
Galway keeper Brendan Clarke could be busy at the Brandywell – Photo by Icon Sport

Clarke will need to be at his best

To their credit, Galway have the best defensive record in the Premier Division so far this season having conceded only 11 goals in 18 games, and goalkeeper Clarke has played an integral role in the team’s success at the back.

Clarke has already kept two clean sheets in as many games against Derry in 2024 and the goalie’s reflexes could be tested by the title challengers again on Friday evening.


Simon Winter is a professional football tipster and sports journalist with over ten years in the industry. Best known for his time with Racing Post, Simon has also had work published by Freesupertips, Bloomberg Sports, bet365, Paddy Power, Colossus Bets, These Football Times and more. Simon covers the Bundesliga and Serie A for Football Whispers.