Dundalk v St Patrick’s Athletic, LOI

Dundalk can take the title with just a point against St Pats
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Kick Off 7:45pm, Friday 5th October – Live on RTE.

Form:

Dundalk are on a rich run of form, winning their last five games on the bounce in all competitions.

Last time out they were 1-0 winners against First Division champions UCD in Oriel Park thanks to a typical Patrick McEleney strike. Their last win in the league came at home to Derry City, winning 3-2 after being 3-0 up and coasting.

For St Pats their last five games in all competitions have only seen them win twice.

Their last win came away to Sligo Rovers, 2-1 in The Showgrounds with goalkeeper Brendan Clarke scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the second half, yes you did read that correctly, goalkeeper scoring the winner from the spot.

The Match:

The match itself will have a party atmosphere about it with Dundalk only needing a point to make them officially League Champions of 2018.

St Patrick’s Athletic are going into the game without a permanent manager after Liam Buckley resigned from his post last week following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a youthful Bohemians team in Inchicore.

This season, the two teams have met each other four times in total. Three times in the league with the Lilywhites winning twice and the other game being a draw.

There was also the League Cup encounter where Dundalk were 5-4 winners on penalties.

Dundalk will be hoping to seal the league title in good fashion and put on a show for the home fans who will surely turn out in their droves for another historical and magical night for the club.

With recent form and the head to heads this season, you’d imagine it’s going to be an easy and straight forward night for Stephen Kenny’s men.

Team News:

Dundalk will be going into the game without long term absentees in Stephen O’Donnell (recovering from leg break) and Karolis Chevdukas who will be missing with an ankle injury. Former St Pats duo in Jamie McGrath (groin Injury) and Sean Hoare (hamstring) are slight concerns for Stephen Kenny’s men

St Pats will be without Christy Fagan who hasn’t featured since early in the start of the season, and Darragh Markey is suspended for this fixture.

Verdict:

I said earlier that Dundalk will be looking to put on a show for the home ground en route to sealing the league.

Having got the better of St Pats in the majority of games this season there is only one realistic winner in my eyes and that’s a straight forward Dundalk win.

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