Dundalk vs Slovan Bratislava for the Europa League qualification match on Tuesday at Tallaght Stadium.
The hosts have had a torrid summer in Europe, while they have already lost six of their last nine games in this competition. With Slovan Bratislava leading the way here, with previous wins in Ireland, it’s hard to see nothing but the qualification of visitors.
The hosts have already left the Champions League this year, with their form in Europe struggling to match performance at home. Although they remain top of the Irish Premier League and are due to return to the Champions League next year, Dundalk has no chance against its European opposition.
The hosts didn’t have a win in Europe all season, so it is hard to see them turn things around in time for a dramatic second-leg win.
Visitors are also at the top of their national league, despite only four games. They have made a good start to the new season with four wins out of four as they face off against their objective to keep the good times rolling in Europe.
Unlike Dundalk, Slovan transferred some of its internal dynamism to Europe during this period. They may have come out of the Champions League against Sutjeska, but the visitors have won their last three Europa League games, which puts them in an excellent position for this one.
The visitors faced Irish teams in Europe on two previous occasions, winning at home and away on each event.
Meanwhile, visitors come to this with a seven-win streak behind them. They have emerged in all competitions, while they have won five of their last six Europa League games. With excellent form and good record in Ireland, they should see no difficulty against a side like Dundalk that has not been good enough to compete in Europe during this period.
Bet: Draw beats Slovan Bratislava.