Riga – Derry City
Riga hosts Derry City at the Stadions Skonto in a second leg fro the Conference League first round of qualifications. Stay with us because we will take a look at it in our free football predictions for today.
The Latvian side took an excellent advantage in the first game in Derry as they achieved a 2-0 win. Sandro Perkovic’ team opened the score at the end of the first half when Gabriel Ramos put the ball in the net. In the second half Riga scored another one as Oleksandr Filippov doubled the visitors’ lead.
In the second half Derry City finished the game with 10 men on the pitch as well. In the 66th minute the Scottish striker Matthew Smith was sent off with a direct red card. It means that he won’t be available for the second leg in Riga.
Now Derry City’s manager Ruaidhri Higgins must think about a winning strategy for the second leg. The Northern Irish side must score at least two goals to move the tie into extra-time. It’s going to be difficult away from home, though.
Higgins could be making changes for the second leg in Latvia. The Irish midfielder Ryan Graydon is one of the players who could start and eventually make a difference. Meanwhile Oluwaseun Akintunde could be a fresh option for the attack.
Riga will start the second leg with enough confidence after the excellent win a week ago. The head coach Sandro Perkovic was more than satisfied with his players, but he’s aware that his team still has a work to do. Now Riga must aim to contain Derry City’s ambition to level the tie. Scoring some more goals would be the best way to do it.
That’s the free football predictions for today for the Conference League game between Riga and Derry City. Let’s see if we are going to see any surprises here.