Date: September 5, 2014
Venue: Richmond Park, Inchicore, Republic of Ireland
Kick-off time: 19:05 hours BST
St. Patricks Athletic will host Dundalk FC at their home ground. After a midweek FAI Ford Cup fixture against Shelbourne, the home side will be a bit short on rest. Their opponent, meanwhile had an entire week for preparation.
St. Patricks Athletic’s form: W-L-W-L-W
The Saints form has been decent in the Irish Premier league and will be looking to build on that. Against Shelbourne in an away game, they were made to sweat for large parts of the game for the winner that eventually led to their progress in the next stage of the competition.
A third place at this point of time is a decent return from a good side. They are 11 points off the top team, Dundalk FC and have a good chance to cut the lead down to 8 points. Fatigue and under preparation might sway the fortunes in their opponents’ favour.
Dundalk FC’s form: W-D-W-D-W
Dundalk FC are enjoying top form and the league table suggest how dominant have they been. A six point cushion between them and the second place team will surely be a comfort.
Against the Saints, they will look to get at least a point in a difficult away game. A good week to prepare compared to the home team will surely help the Dundalk side.
St. Patricks Athletic: Christy Fagan
Saints’ top scorer, Fagan was left out of the staring XI against Shelbourne in the FAI Ford Cup. Though they did not miss him in the opening stages, his industry upfront was missed a lot.
Against Dundalk he’ll be itching to score a goal and help his team.
Dundalk FC: Sean Gannon
A good defender, Gannon has been a rock for the Dundalk side and has been performing well. Against the firepower of the Saints, he’ll be a good option.
Also, at the other end his ability to win headers is underrated.
Considering the recent from, Dundalk FC start favourites to win this easily, with bet365 offering 2.38 for their victory. They should also hammer in a few goals in this one and it’s 1.9 with BetVictor for more than 2.5 goals to be scored in the game.