The Candystripes must score at least twice without reply at the Brandywell if they are to progress to the next stage of the Europa League qualifying roundsAirtricity Premier Division side Derry City are aiming to overturn a two-goal deficit in the second leg of their Europa League second qualifying round against Trabzonspor on Thursday July 25.
The Candystripes suffered a 4-2 defeat at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium in the first leg, with David McDaid and Paddy Kavanagh scoring the crucial away goals for Declan Devine's team. "We believe the tie is still alive," said the Derry City boss. "A 4-2 defeat in Europe is much better than a 2-0 loss, so we believe we have a chance."
Having missed the first leg through injury Rory Patterson remains a doubt for Derry, but Kevin Deery is expected to challenge for a place in the team after making improvements on his fitness. Devine will choose from largely the same panel is expected to go with a similar team to that which featured in Turkey.
Trabzonspor boss Mustafa Resit Akcay noted how "well organised" the Candystripes were in the first leg but suggested that his team would work to iron out mistakes at the Brandywell.
New signing Florent Malouda did not travel to Derry with the rest of the squad on Tuesday so there are doubts over the former Chelsea forward's involvement in the tie. However, the Super Lig outfit will be able to call upon Polish international Adrian Mierzejewski, who scored the opening goal in the first leg.
"We respect them and know what they are capable of," added Devine. "If we do not do our jobs properly we will be punished. But, at the Brandywell, if we can get the first goal it is very much match on."
Should they progress, Derry City face a potential match-up with either Dinamo Minsk of Belarus or Croatian outfit Lokomotiva Zagreb in the third qualifying round.