Dundalk and Waterford United meet at Oriel Park, in a match for the 8th round of the Premier League. The history of head-to-head matches played at this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 matches won 5. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium, on 07-01-2019, for the Premier League, Dundalk won by (3‑0). K. Browne (2 ‘Autogolo), D. Kelly (24’) and J. McGrath (65 ‘) scored the goals for Dundalk. Waterford United present considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team is currently in 2nd place, with 12 points won, after 4 wins and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Shamrock Rovers by (3‑2). In the last match, they won away against Finn Harps by (0‑4). This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has registered 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in his stadium. In their last 10 home games, Dundalk has recorded 6 wins and 4 losses. His attack has scored regularly as he has scored at least one goal in each of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 36 of the last 55 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
Dundalk come into this game motivated, after a 1-0 home win over Waterford: Hoare scored the only goal of the game. The main attacking piece of the home team is the Irish Patrick Hoban and his best quality is the skill in the finish. The home team is expected to return to a tactical system at 4-3-3, in which the player responsible for putting his quality on offensive plays is experienced midfielder John Mountney. The head of the defensive zone is Irish central defender Sean Hoare, who is very strong in the passing game.
Waterford United :
After 2 wins and 2 losses, the visiting team is currently in 6th position, with 6 points won. In their last match, they beat Derry City at home by (2‑1), after having lost in the previous match at home, in a match against Shamrock Rovers, by (0‑2). This is a team that curiously has been stronger away than at home, since in the last 30 games they have recorded 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in his stadium. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Waterford United have won 7 and lost 3. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition, so they were not very strong defensively.
Waterford come to this game unmotivated, after a 1-0 loss at Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland Cup. The visiting team must line up in a tactical system at 4-3-3, channeling their game, preferably, through the central zone. In this tactical scheme, the three most advanced players will be Smith, Fitzgerald, and Longbottom. Martin, Davidson and Weir are expected to perform in the midfield area, the latter being the head of the midfield. Coach John Sheridan must be delighted to know that he will be able to count on all the players for this game.