League Preview: Cobh Ramblers -v- Wexford

Sat, Mar 09 2019

Cian Leonard scored twice as Cobh won 3-1 in a pre-season friendly with Wexford. Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

COBH RAMBLERS

Frustrating is the best word to describe the start of Cobh Rambler’s season as they welcome Wexford to St Colman’s Park for their third game of the season (kick-off 7pm).

On the opening night of the season, they arrived late to Drogheda, which wasn’t the ideal preparation for a tough game against a team expected to be in contention for promotion.

They weren’t shown any mercy by the officials on the night, given just ten minutes to warm up and ended up losing 4-0 on the night.

The struggle has continued for Stephen Henderson’s men this week succumbing to a 1-0 home defeat to Athlone Town last weekend.

Their EA Sports Cup First round tie against Limerick was cancelled at the last minute due to adverse weather conditions.

Cobh will be raring to go at this stage and, with Danny Furlong suspended for the visitors, they will be confident of getting their season up and running against Wexford.

WEXFORD

Wexford have a poor recent record against Cobh Ramblers with a record of six defeats and two draws from eight games in all competitions since 2017.

These sides met each other in pre-season as they both prepared for their league season and Cobh coming out on top with a 3-1 victory.

Brian O’Sullivan’s side travel to Cobh looking to pick up their first league points of the season in their third league game.

The men from the south east have had a tough start to their 2019 season conceding eight goals in their opening two league games.

An opening day 4-2 defeat to Athlone was followed up with a 4-0 home defeat to Galway United last Friday evening.

Their other competitive fixture this season was an EA Sports Cup first round defeat to Bray Wanderers on Monday evening.

Referee: Raymond Matthews

MATCH STATS

Both sides are looking for their first points of the season after two league games, separated in ninth and tenth by a narrow goal difference.

Cobh Ramblers had a poor home record last season, picking up just three home wins in thirteen league games.

Wexford lost ten of their fixtures on the road last season, winning twice and sharing the spoils once.

Cobh Ramblers ended the 2018 season twelve points clear of Wexford in eighth place when the final league standings were confirmed with Wexford ninth, ten points clear of bottom side Athlone Town.

BETTING

Cobh Ramblers 4/7; Draw 13/5; Wexford 4/1

PREDICTION

Cobh Ramblers 2-1 Wexford

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Eoin O’Donovan (hamstring).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Wexford

Injured: Chris Kenny.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Danny Furlong, Danny Doyle.