Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Vitesse play host to Dundalk at their GelreDome in what is expected to be an entertaining Europa Conference League qualifier. Even though the Vitas have yet to kick off the new Eredivisie campaign, the bookies see them as favourites to win the first leg. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of Morocco international Oussama Tannane, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Loanee Julian Von Moos is likely to make his Vitesse debut against Dundalk. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Newtown and Levadia in the previous two qualifying round, but they will have a mountain to climb in Thursday’s football match. Since Vitesse are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Republic of Ireland empty-handed.
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.