Date: July 24, 2014
Venue: The Showgrounds – Sligo, Republic of Ireland
Kick-off Time: 1900 hours BST
During their first encounter, Sligo Rovers managed to shock the 22-time Norwegian champions Rosenborg, with a hard-earned victory in Norway. Even with the dominance by the Norwegian side, the visitors from Sligo managed to convert their chances and take home the victory. They have a 2-1 lead to protect at the Showgrounds.
Captain Alan Keane give the Irish side the lead 11 minutes into the second half, soon after Danny North managed to find the net from a well crossed ball. The Norwegian side were given a lifeline when Irish keeper Gary Rodgers accidentally put the ball into his own net.
Sligo Rovers’ Form
Currently well into the Irish Premier League, Sligo Rovers have been very unimpressive, currently lying in 5th, with 20 points separating them from the leaders. They could very well be out of the running for a European qualification position if they don’t find their form soon.
They will hope to carry the momentum from the shocking victory over Rosenborg and in the process attempt to advance to the third stage of the UEFA Europa League Qualifiers.
They currently are in second position in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, nine points of off first-placed Molde. They will hope to make a run the for the title and improve on their previous 2nd place finish from last season.
After a poor run of games, Rosenborg decided to cut ties with coach Per Joar Hansen after the defeat against Sligo. They have named Kåre Ingebrigtsen as the new coach.
Sligo Rovers: Danny North
Danny North is Sligo’s main threat upfront, the Englishman who joined the Irish side in 2012, is going to be a constant threat against the Norwegian side.
Rosenborg: Morten Gamst Pedersen
Morten Gamst Pedersen is Rosenborg’s main offensive outlet, having scored a goal, as well as creating 3 for his team-mates so far in the competition. Sligo Rovers will have to prevent Pedersen from having too much time and space on the ball.
Expect Rosenborg to dominate again but this time punishing the Irish side helped by key man Pedersen. Sligo only had 7 shots in the last match compared with Rosenborg’s 12 and I’m confident Rosenborg will make their chances count this time.
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