Dundalk face a tricky Champions League qualifying tie against Riga this week, but the Irish side have the home advantage in the first leg. See our predictions and betting tips for the match below.
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The Irish Champions look set to win their domestic league again this season, but for now their attention has turned to the Champions League qualification process. They got so close to the group stages a few years ago before having to settle for a place in the Europa League groups, and now they face a difficult first round of qualifying against Latvian side Riga.
They won the Latvian title last season and could repeat that success this season as they currently sit top of the table. Last season they were eliminated from the Europa League by CSKA Moscow but they’ll fancy their chances against Dundalk across two legs. However, this first leg is where the Irish side need to take control.
Both of these sides come into this match in good form but especially Dundalk, who haven’t lost for 16 matches now. They did have to settle for a 2-2 draw at the weekend but that high scoring match would have triggered the over 2.5 goals prediction we are putting up as our first bet here. Riga’s recent goalscoring form has been good on the whole, although they were held to a 0-0 draw at the weekend.
They’ve recently won 6-1 and 4-0 though, giving us a hope of goals.
However, we are predicting a close win for Dundalk in this first leg and going for a correct score bet of Dundalk to win 2-1. The odds for this are 17/2 with MoPlay and that looks like a good price – better than any other bookies at the time of writing.
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