Our prediction for this Champions League match:
High-flying Dundalk will be looking to get their job done in the Champions League qualifiers tie against Riga when the two teams face each other at Oriel Park in the first leg on Wednesday evening. The Irish side have been scoring goals for fun in the national championship of late and, as a result, they are leading the chase for the title after 24 rounds.
The Lilywhites are on a five-game winning run at home in all competitions and we are positive that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Riga, on the other hand, sit in top position in the Latvian top flight as well, but they face an uphill task in the Champions League clash against Dundalk. Considering that the hosts have been in a splendid form of late, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Ireland.
Highlighted Team (Dundalk):
Dundalk are the second most successful club in the Republic of Ireland in the term of titles won. In 2015 Dundalk clinched their 11th Premier Division trophy and the same season they lifted their 10th FAI Cup title. The club was founded in 1903 and their biggest rivals are Drogheda United.
The Lilywhites made it to the 2016/2017 Europa League group stages and, against all odds, they shared the spoils with AZ Alkmaar in Netherlands on their debut in Group D. Dundalk play their home matches at Oriel Park and the capacity of the stadium is 4,500 (3,000 seated). The venue was opened in 1919 and in 2005 the pitch was converted to an all-weather surface, becoming the first ever Irish club to do so.
Their home colours are white and black, whilst they play their away games in black jerseys with yellow stripes and black shorts. Joey Donnelly is one of the notable footballers who played for Dundalk in the past as he scored 141 goals for the club in all competitions.