Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
There will be fireworks when KA Akureyri and Dundalk square off against each other in the Conference League second qualifying round, first leg. Akureyri proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Connahs Quay, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Defender Baldvinnson Birgir is one yellow card away from suspension, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, eliminated Magpies of Gibraltar in the first qualifying round. Dundalk, though, are not regarded as good travellers and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. All Robert McCourt, Andrew Boyle, Cameron Elliott, Robbie Benson, and John Mountney have been struggling with injuries of late, speaking of the visiting side. Daniel Kelly is back from the domestic ban.
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.