League Preview: Bray Wanderers vs Galway United

Bray Wanderers welcome Galway United at the Carlisle Grounds this Friday night (kick-off 7:45). 

Bray Wanderers 

The seagulls are hoping to get back to winning ways, after losing their first two matches of the season, including a 6-0 hammering vs Cork City in the season opener. 

Bray will be playing their first match in two weeks after not being scheduled to play last Friday due to an odd number of teams participating in the first division. 

Bray defeated Galway United enroute the final of the first division playoffs before losing to University College Dublin in the final by a 2-0 score line. 

Galway United 

Galway United will square up against Bray Wanderers on the back of a fightback performance, snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat as they overturned a two-goal deficit versus Waterford FC. 

After Junior Quitirna and Eddie Nolan first half strikes, Galway rallied round as Manu Dimas cross from the right flank found Jordan Adeyemo who headed it home in the 49th minute. Stephen Walsh placed the ball into the bottom corner in the 77th minute, following a through pass from David Hurley. 

The Tribesmen will be seeking revenge, following a 1-0 loss aggregate loss at the semi-final playoffs stage last season which denied Galway United promotion to the League of Ireland. 

They welcome Wilson Waweru back into the side after missing their last match due to suspension. 

Match Stats 

Bray Wanderers are currently at the bottom of the table with zero points, following a 1-0 loss against Waterford, and an opening day loss vs Cork city 

Galway United sit fifth in the standings with four points from two matches after their comeback in a draw against Waterford FC.  

Bray Wanderers had the edge over Galway United last season. After both sides secured one win each and a draw in the first division. The playoffs saw Bray secure a draw at home before Brandon Kavanagh curler un the 20th minute stunned the home crowd.  

The loss meant Galway United quest to play in the topflight since 2017 continues. 

Galway are unbeaten in their last four trips to Carlisle Grounds, losing only two of their ten matches at the Grounds. 

There have been less than two goals in seven out of the last eight matches between both teams, the last time more than two goals were scored was on 7th May 2021 in a 1-2 away win for Bray Wanderers. 

Bray Wanderers have a better head-to-head record in their last 20 matches against Galway United, winning eight to Galway United’s six with both sides drawing on six occasions. 

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