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Sligo Rovers will visit Oriel Park on Friday for the Premier Division meeting with home team Dundalk.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Dundalk v Sligo Rovers can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
Dundalk go into this fixture following on from a 2-2 Premier Division tied result versus Longford Town.
For Dundalk, goals were scored by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (20') and Chris Shields (81'). Dylan Grimes (6') and Rob Manley (14') scored for Longford Town.
It’s been seldom in recent times where Dundalk have shown defensive steel. In fact, The Lilywhites have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 6 goals in the process.
Taking a look at their past results, Dundalk:
- have not beaten Sligo Rovers in their previous 3 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches at home.
In the game prior to this, Sligo Rovers drew 1-1 in the Premier Division tie with St. Patrick's Athletic.
The only scorer from Sligo Rovers was Jordan Gibson (49'). Ian Bermingham (90') was the scorer for St. Patrick's Athletic.
Over the course of 5 of the previous six games featuring Sligo Rovers, a notably low volume of goals have been scored between them and their opposition. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell comes to just 2, with the average goals for The Bit o' Red standing at 1.17. Such a trend might not follow through into this next game, of course.
Going into this contest, Sligo Rovers are unbeaten in their last 5 away league matches.
Head to head
A look at their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 31/05/2019 shows that Dundalk have won 3 of these games and Sligo Rovers 2, with the tally of draws being 1.
In all, 15 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 9 for The Lilywhites and 6 netted by The Bit o' Red. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was Premier Division match day 1 on 20/03/2021 and the score finished Sligo Rovers 1-1 Dundalk.
The match was refereed by Neil Doyle.
Team News: Dundalk
Patrick Hoban (Ankle Injury) and Brian Gartland (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be available for Dundalk gaffer Jim Magilton.
Team News: Sligo Rovers
With a completely injury-free group to pick from, Sligo Rovers boss Liam Buckley does not have any fitness worries whatsoever before this match.
We feel that Sligo Rovers have enough to score against this Dundalk team, but that possibly won’t be enough to avoid defeat.
Our tip is for a very close game with a 2-1 winning margin for Dundalk when all is said and done. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Oriel Park (4,500)
Captain: Brian Gartland
Chairman: Bill Hulsizer
Manager: Jim Magilton
Competitions: Premier Division position 6, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
🔑 Star Man: Patrick Hoban
Usually taking up the Striker position, Patrick Hoban was born in Galway, Rep. Ireland. Having made his senior debut playing for Dundalk in the 2013 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in the Premier Division 2021 season so far coming from a total of 6 appearances.