Derry City vs HB TorshavnUEFA Europa League Conference, KO: 19:45 Jul 20, 2023, Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
Derry City host HB Torshavn in the second leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League first round qualifier, with the tie still perfectly balanced at 0-0. The Northern Irish side are returning home where they often do their best work and should have the upper hand.
Derry City are in the driver’s seat in this tie after coming away from the first meeting with a 0-0 draw. They saw more of the possession, creating the better goalscoring opportunities and will be confident of completing the job on Thursday.
While Derry City have lost just once in their last six matches across all competitions, their form has been a bit patchy. Ruaidhri Higgins’ men have claimed just two wins in that run with the remaining fostered ending in draws.
The good news for Derry City is that having been on the road quite a bit in recent weeks, they are returning home where they have four wins and two draws from their last six matches. A solid defence has been at heart of that run with three clean sheets in the last four matches in front of their fans.
HB Torshavn will be disappointed not to have taken any kind of advantage from the first leg after being held to that draw. They were second best for much of the encounter but still had a few opportunities to snatch the upper hand.
Manager Jakup Joenson may have wanted more but that result is typical of Torshavn’s form in recent weeks. The team from Faroe Islands have two wins and two defeats from their last four matches across all competitions, failing to score in the last two fixtures in that run.
Another problem for Torshavn ahead of the trip to Derry City is a poor record on their recent travels. They are winless in their last three away matches, suffering two defeats in that run, including a 2-0 loss at Ki Klaksvik in their previous fixture on the road.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Derry City as overwhelming favourites with a home win priced at 1/2 by Unibet. An unlikely victory for HB Torshavn is valued at 15/2 by BoyleSports while a draw is set at odds of 16/5 by William Hill.
Head to head
Last week’s clash was the first ever meeting between Derry City and HB Torshavn
Players to watch
Although they failed to score in the first leg, Derry City will fancy their chances of finding the met in front of their fans. Danny Mullen and Ben Doherty often feature in attack and can combine to ensure the hosts produce over 1.5 goals at 17/20 with Unibet.
Derry City have kept things tight at the back lately with clean sheets in three of their last four home matches. Shane McEleny and Mark Connolly should continue their partnership at the heart of the defence and can lead the team to another clean sheet at 8/11 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Given Derry City’s recent defensive record at home, a win to nil could be on the cards at 11/10 with bet365. The Northern Irish side are likely to score more than one goal at home and can be backed in the -1 handicap market at 9/2 with bet365.
Derry City often take a while to find their rhythm – even at home – so the second half can be tipped to produce the most goals at 6/5 with William Hill.
This UEFA Europa League Conference match between Derry City and HB Torshavn will be played on Jul 20, 2023 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Derry City vs HB Torshavn prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.