Dundalk and Bohemians measure their strength at Oriel Park in a match for the 32nd day of the Premier League. In the last direct showdown for this edition of the league, on 05-07-2017, the Dundalk won out by (0-1). At this stage, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which has 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 6 games. In fact, the last time these two teams disputed a game in this stage was in 21-04-2017, in a party for the Premier League that finished with the victory of Dundalk by (2-0). The goals of the party were scored by D. McMillan (9 ‘) and M. Duffy (66’) for Dundalk. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results conquered at home and as a visitor.
After 21 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in 2nd place with 66 points won. In his last game, he won the Bray Wanderers at home (1-0), after in the previous game to have won by (0-2) out, in a match against Finn Harps. This is a team that has curiously been stronger as a visitor than in their home games, since in the last 30 games has 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss as a visitor; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats in his stadium. For the championship, Dundalk conquered 22 points out of 30 possible, after 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 10 games that played in his stadium. In their games for the league at home the most frequent final result to the rest was the 1-0 (7 in 16 parties). His defense has been very solid, having conceded only goals in 3 of the last 10 games, and his attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 31 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Dundalk come to this game with a 1-0 win against Bray, adding the eighth straight game without losing in this competition: the goal of the three points was scored by Duffy. It is important to emphasize that the locals present a very positive performance in their stadium, adding at this moment four consecutive wins in this condition. Usually the coach Stephen Kenny plays in a 4-2-3-1, privileging the possession of the ball and the attacks by the flanks. McMillan is the team’s best scorer, with 16 goals scored in the championship. For this game the coach can not count on Shane Grimes, player who recovers from injury.
After 12 wins, 5 draws and 14 losses, the visiting team is currently in 6th place with 41 points. In their last game, they tied with Cork City at home (0-0), after in the previous game having lost out in a match against Sligo Rovers by (1-0). This is a team that has curiously been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it registers 7 victories, 1 tie and 7 defeats as a visitor; against 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in his stadium. For the championship, the Bohemians won 18 points in 30 chances, after 6 wins and 4 losses in the last 10 games they played as a visitor. In their games for the league at home the most frequent final result to the rest was the 1-0 (6 in 15 parties). The team conceded goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, reason why it was not very strong defensively. In 31 games in this competition, only got 3 comebacks in all 16 matches in which he suffered the first goal.
The Bohemians come to this game with a goalless goalless draw against Cork, adding up the second straight game without winning in this competition. Usually the visiting team opts for a very direct style of play for the attack, without great discretion, looking for most of the times the Akinade and Hayes ends. In addition, it is important to note that the weaknesses of the team are usually in the defensive sector. Dinny Corcoran is the team’s best scorer, with 15 goals scored. Everything indicates that coach Keith Long can count on all his players.
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