Dundalk – Waterford FREE PICKS
Dundalk and Waterford United meet in Oriel Park, in a match for the 7 th round of the Premier League. In the last 3 years there is only a record of 2 direct matches between these two teams: one on 01-05-2017, which ended in a Dundalk victory by (3-0), and a more recent on 09-02-2016, that ended in a Dundalk victory by (8-1). Waterford United presents 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 the 3rd position, with 9 points won, after 2 wins and 3 draws. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Cork City, by (1-0). In the last match, they tied in an away match against St. Patrick’s, by (0-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins and 6 draws as a visitor, with 34 goals scored and 9 conceded; against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 35 goals scored and 7 suffered. In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Dundalk has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 5 games. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have not conceded any goals in the last 5 matches for this competition.
The Dundalk part for this game with a goalless draw against St. Patrick’s, thus placing a final point to the two successes in the Irish championship. However, the landlords remain without losing in this competition. Without big surprises, the coach Stephen Kenny will act in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-2-3-1, being Hoban the most offensive reference of the home team: this player has stood out until now and has already scored 3 goals But the inability to create goal situations has hurt the Dundalk. Everything indicates that the entire staff is available for this day.
After 4 wins and 1 loss, the away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 12 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Sligo Rovers, by (1-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Bohemians, by (1-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 14 conceded; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Waterford United has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition.
Waterford has been a very pleasant surprise this season, since in the previous season the Irish second division disputed. It is important to note that visitors come to this game with three wins in a row, the last one at home, over the Bohemians. The 4-2-3-1 must be the tactical system used by the visiting team and the coach must use Duffus as a reference in the attack. However, we emphasize the quality in the defensive organization of the midfielder and Captain Keegan: this player has a sense of positioning very close. Up to this moment, the visitors suffered only 4 goals, which reveals competition in their defensive sector. For this game the entire template will be available.
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