Drogheda United vs Athlone Town for the Irish Division 1 championship match on Friday at Athlone Town Stadium.
Drogheda and Athlone meet tomorrow on matchday 25 of Ireland’s second tier in a match between two teams in totally different stages, with the home team in the penultimate place on the league table while Drogheda is still in a great phase looking for the first place which is 5 points away.
Athlone comes for this match at a complicated stage where they have lost 5 of the last 6 games and tied at Limerick which is also experiencing a fragile moment in the season.
Athlone is now coming home to face Drogheda who have been having a great season beating everyone and still trying to reach the top spot.
A very complicated match is expected for the home team, who have only won two home games in the season, both of which were against Wexford, who are last in the standings.
Drogheda, unlike the home team, come to this match in an excellent phase, winning several games and some of them with exciting results with some goals in the mix.
After an expected cup loss against Shamrock, Drogheda returns to the championship to maintain their two-game winning streak.
Drogheda also has a good record away from home, especially against the bottom teams, losing only to Longford, Shelbourne and Bray, who are always solid teams when they play at home.
In front of more accessible opponents they’ve scored many goals, I highlight Limerick, Cabinteely, Galway and others.
This, in my opinion, is another handy game for Drogheda who continues to fight for the possible first place.
Away from home and facing an opponent at a lousy moment like Athlone, I believe in another quiet victory for the visitors.