Dundalk play host to visitors Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park in the Premier Division match on Friday.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Dundalk v Sligo Rovers match are shown here - along with the latest match odds.
Dundalk, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 3-1 FAI Cup triumph versus Finn Harps.
Fixtures featuring Dundalk have proved to be absorbing ones lately with plenty of scoring anticipated. Over their past half dozen clashes, the sum of 22 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 13 of these coming from Dundalk.
Their past results show that Dundalk:
- have not won against Sligo Rovers in their last 5 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league games.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Shamrock Rovers in Premier Division action, Sligo Rovers and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
Rory Gaffney (26') scored for Shamrock Rovers.
During their 6 previous matches, Liam Buckley's Sligo Rovers have converted a total of 5 times, earning them the goals scored per game average of 0.83.
Analysis of their past results shows that Sligo Rovers:
- haven't been defeated by Dundalk in games played away from home for the previous 2 league games.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 29/09/2019 shows that Dundalk have won 1 of these & Sligo Rovers 4, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A total of 13 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 4 of them for The Lilywhites and 9 coming from The Bit o' Red. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The last league fixture between these clubs was Premier Division match day 22 on 14/09/2021 which ended up with the score at Sligo Rovers 2-1 Dundalk.
The match was refereed by Ben Connolly.
Team News: Dundalk
David McMillan (Ligament Problems), Patrick McEleney (Hamstring Injury) and Brian Gartland (Cruciate Ligament Injury) will be missing for Dundalk manager Vinny Perth.
Team News: Sligo Rovers
Thanks to a completely healthy group to choose from, the Sligo Rovers boss Liam Buckley doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash.
Here, we’re thinking that Sligo Rovers might well have a job on their hands to see themselves scoring against this Dundalk team who we think will likely get the vital goal that wins it.
We’re therefore anticipating a highly competitive game with a 1-0 advantage for Dundalk at the end of the match.
Let’s see what happens.
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: Vinny Perth
Competitions: Premier Division position 9, FAI Cup (Quarter Finals), Conference League Qualifiers (1st Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (3rd Qualifying Round)
⭐ Key Man: Michael Duffy
Usually deployed in the Right Wing position, Michael Duffy was born in Derry, N. Ireland. After having played his first senior match for Derry City in the 2012 season, the skilful Forward has bagged 3 league goals in this Premier Division 2021 campaign so far in a total of 25 appearances.