Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Levadia and Dundalk square off against each other at Kadrioru staadion in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round. Levadia head into the game following a routine 4-1 win over Nomme United in the Estonian Cup, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against Dundalk. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the Irish Premier League trophy and they must be high on confidence ahead of the trip to Estonia. However, seeing that they are fully focused on winning the national championship, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw in this one. Patrick Hoban has netted 21 goals in the Irish Premier League so far this term, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. A man to watch in the home team will be Levadia’s top scorer Roman Debelko.
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.