The team set off early on Thursday morning as they begin the long journey to The Blues ahead of Friday night’s game at the Regional Sports Centre (kick off 7.45 pm)
Declan Devine’s side will be hoping to build on an impressive 2-0 win at home to Bohs last time out, but the manager is aware of the threat posed by Alan Reynolds’ team this weekend.
“He certainly knows what he’s doing and Waterford have recruited really well ahead of the new season, including a couple of players we had been looking at ourselves.
“Brian Murphy is one of the best keepers in the league and gives them a very solid look at the back, so we know it will be a difficult night.
“I keep saying though that we have a really good squad ourselves.
“The boys were impressive against Bohs and we’ll be looking for more of the same on Friday.”
The Derry boss was aware however that his side had got themselves into a winning position in both their games at this venue last year, but failed to capitalise each time.
“We didn’t see it out in one game, falling to an equaliser from the last kick of the match and we conceded a silly goal in the other having worked hard to get the lead. It’s something we need to learn from.”
City look set to be without Ciaran Coll for the second game in a row while Devine will make a decision on Gerardo Bruna nearer to kick-off.
The Argentinian’s wife had a baby this week and he was given time off to spend with the family.