LOI: Dundalk v Sligo Rovers

John Curtis looks forward to the meeting of Sligo Rovers and Dundalk at Oriel Park, Fri 31 May, 7:45pm

Form:

Dundalk go into this game on the back of 10 wins a draw from their last eleven games in all competitions.

Last week saw Dundalk beat Bohemians 1-0 with a last-minute penalty, which Pat Hoban smashed home to send the Oriel Park faithful into eruption.

Four days later Dundalk scored a 90th-minute winner thanks to a bizarre goal from Sean Hoare, which would have come as a huge relief for the Dundalk staff and fans.

The form of Dundalk in recent months is nothing short of remarkable. They are the most in-form team in the league at the moment and credit has to be given to the management team and the fans who keep coming out in their numbers, week in and week out.

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Sligo are also on a great run of form of late, being unbeaten in their last seven league games.

Their most recent win came last Friday, beating Bohs 2-1 in Dalymount Park.

Romeo Parkes scored both the goals on the night for The Bit O’Red.

Liam Buckley is doing a hell of a job with Sligo in his first season with them. After a slow start to the season, the Sligo men are on the crawl up the table, slowly but surely.

Sligo will have great confidence going into this game with the run of form that is nothing to be sniffed at; and they have a decent record against Dundalk this season, and will be going into this one with no shortage of confidence.

The Match:

These teams have met twice this season already.

On the opening night of the season, Dundalk bombarded Sligo but fell behind thanks to a Jack Keaney free kick which Gary Rogers thought he might of done a slight bit better with.

Sean Murray dragged Dundalk back into it with a great snapshot after a lay-off from Pat Hoban. After that, it felt like Dundalk would go on and win it from there but the Sligo rearguard held firm for the remainder of the game.

In April, Dundalk travelled to The Showgrounds. The home side went ahead through Romeo Parkes. In the 23rd minute Hoban scored a penalty to get Dundalk back into it. Dante Laverock then scored a header close to half-time and that was the end of the goals on the night.

It was a frustrating game all round for the champions Dundalk.

Dundalk will be hoping to continue their good run of form.

Vinny Perth’s men are getting frustrated lately with teams coming to Oriel and basically setting up shop for the draw and making life difficult. I expect Dundalk to win this game; they’ll surely be out for what you might like to think will be some sort of revenge.

Sligo know Dundalk will be difficult at some point with a passionate support behind them.

Sligo are the only team that Dundalk haven’t beaten this season and will be hoping this will change come Friday night, something that would send them 3 points clear at the top of the table.

Shamrock Rovers will have a game in hand with their game this weekend vs Waterford having been called off owing to International call-ups.

Verdict:

I think Dundalk are going to be too strong for this Sligo team this time around and will be wanting to turn their negatives from the two games so far this season into positives.

Normally when these teams meet, there tends to be a few goals between them, Dundalk should have too much fire-power, though, for Sligo but this is football and it’s just 11 men vs another 11 men.

Sligo will come with a game plan that Liam Buckley will have drilled into them all week and they’ll be hoping it’ll work for them.

I can see goals a-plenty in this game but can only see one real winner this time around and that’s the Lilywhites.

Dundalk HT/FT at 4/6

Dundalk Win + Over 2.5 Goals at 15/20



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