Competition: UEFA Champions League
Fixture: Dundalk v BATE Borisov
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Venue: Oriel Park, Dundalk
Kick off time: 19:45 hrs BST
Dundalk face a tough task in the second leg of their Champions League fixture against BATE Borisov on Wednesday. The visitors have a 2-1 aggregate lead in this contest.
Dundalk’s form: W-W-W-W-L
The hosts are coming into this game in decent form and although they were beaten in the first leg, Dundalk got the all-important away goal which kept them in the tie.
Prior to that game, the side had a hundred percent record with four wins out of four in games against Sligo Rovers, Limerick, Drogheda United, and Galway. They scored 14 goals in the four games while conceding 6 during the time.
BATE’s form: W-W-W-W-L
The visitors already have a goal advantage in this tie and they know that an away goal will mean that they could put some daylight between themselves and the hosts.
Even though they were beaten by Spartak Shklov in the league in their last league fixture, their manager had rested some of their key players with an eye on this tie. They had won against Dinamo Brest, Slutsk, and Slavia-Mozyr prior to the first leg.
Key Players and Team News
Dundalk: With 13 goals from 19 starts this season, Richard Towell is the best player in their ranks this season. Notching up that many goals from midfield proves that the 24-year-old is going to be a thorn in the flesh of the opposition.
BATE: Vitali Rodinov is their top scorer this season with 7 goals in 14 starts. The 31-year-old striker is in good form at this time and if he could score a goal in this tie, it could help BATE proceed in the qualifiers.
Dundalk have scored for fun in the league in their past few games and it goes on to show that they are extremely strong at home. Although BATE are a good side, I think it will be Dundalk which will proceed to the next round with BATE regretting the goal that they conceded in the first leg. A victory for the hosts is on and at 3.1 with Betvictor.