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Dundalk play host to away side Shelbourne at Oriel Park in the Premier Division meeting on Friday.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Dundalk v Shelbourne are shown on this page including the latest game odds.
Dundalk, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-2 FAI Cup success versus Cobh Ramblers.
Vinny Perth's Dundalk have celebrated scoring a sum total of 7 times over their preceding 6 outings. The number of goals that they have conceded in those games is 10.
Pre-game facts show that Dundalk:
- are unbeaten in the league by Shelbourne in their previous 4 games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 25 home league matches. What a fantastic run.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league matches.
Last time out, Shelbourne drew 1-1 in the Premier Division match with Cork City.
The only name on the scoresheet from Shelbourne was Dayle Rooney (4').
Throughout their 6 previous matches, Ian Morris's Shelbourne have had reason to celebrate scoring 9 times thus yielding them the goals per game average of 1.5.
Coming into this fixture, Shelbourne have not won away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 06/07/2012 tells us that Dundalk have won 4 of these & Shelbourne 2, with the tally of draws standing at 0.
A total of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 8 of them for The Lilywhites and 8 being from The Shels. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Premier Division match day 2 on 21/02/2020 when the final score was Shelbourne 1-2 Dundalk.
The referee was Damien McGraith.
Team News: Dundalk
Dundalk manager Vinny Perth will be happy not to have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash with a completely injury-free group available for selection.
We think that The Lilywhites may well employ a 4-3-3 formation for the game featuring Gary Rogers, Darragh Leahy, Brian Gartland, Daniel Cleary, Sean Hoare, John Mountney, Chris Shields, Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy, Patrick Hoban and Daniel Kelly.
Team News: Shelbourne
With a completely healthy group to pick from, Shelbourne boss Ian Morris has zero fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match.
We’re of the thinking that The Shels appear most likely to begin the game with a 4-3-3 system, settling for Colin McCabe, Georgie Poynton, Alex O'Hanlon, Luke Byrne, Dan Byrne, Sean Quinn, Denzil Fernandes, Gary Deegan, Dayle Rooney, Ciaran Kilduff and Ryan Brennan.
One thing is for certain, Shelbourne will be up against it to break down a Dundalk team who will likely create a lot of chances for themselves and convert these into goals.
We reckon that it will be a 3-0 margin for Dundalk after 90 minutes.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Oriel Park (4,500)
Captain: Brian Gartland
Chairman: Bill Hulsizer
Manager: Vinny Perth
Competitions: Premier Division position 3, FAI Cup (Second Round), Europa League Qual. (Second Round)
🔑 Star Man: Patrick Hoban
Regularly taking up the Striker position, Patrick Hoban was born in Galway, Rep. Ireland. After having made a senior debut playing for Dundalk in the 2013 season, the talented Forward has scored 7 league goals in this Premier Division 2020 season to date in 9 appearances.