Dundalk and Riga meet at Oriel Park, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, as Riga has considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually shows similar results, at home and abroad. It is usually not affected by the home team, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 12 wins and 3 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Derry City by (2-2). In the last 10 home matches Dundalk has won 9 and tied 1. Defensive consistency has been one of the few goals scored in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored consistently at least one goal in the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 27 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. The team usually has no problems opening the scoring: scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games, of these 12 came to the break in advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 11. There is 1 period in highlight in the last 14 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 3 of his 7 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Dundalk comes to this game with a draw, 2-2, on the move to Derry’s stadium: the team’s goals were scored by Pat Hoban and Georgie Kelly. We remember that Dundalk reaches this first round of the Champions League for having won the Irish Championship of 2018. In this first game against Riga, coach Vinny Perth must keep the team in a 4-3-3, with Patrick Hoban as the most advanced man of the local team: the first is the top scorer of Dundalk, with 11 goals scored in the current championship. All equipment is available for this game.
The visiting team plays their first match in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 25 goals scored and 9 conceded; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 10 suffered. In the last match they played, for Virsliga, they tied with Valmiera / BSS at home (0-0). In the last 10 away matches Riga has 7 wins and 3 losses. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 away matches for all competitions: he has suffered 3 of his 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Riga comes to this game with a draw, zero, against Valmiera, adding the second game in a row without losing in official games. We remind you that Riga will reach this tie after having won the title in the Latvian Championship. For acting away from home, coach Mihails Konevs must present a cautious team, waiting for his opponent in his own defensive midfield. The striker Darko Lemajic deserves all the attention so far, since he has scored 5 goals in the championship of his country. For this game the coach can count on all his players.