Saturday, July 24, 2021

Prediction: Shamrock Rovers vs Slovan Bratislava

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 4/1

Bookmaker: Betfair

Shamrock Rovers and Slovan Bratislava will face each other in the Champions League First Qualifying Round this week. The match will take place at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday and is scheduled to kick off at 8pm UK time.

Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers are facing an uphill battle in the quest to keep their Champions League hopes alive. The League of Ireland Premier Division side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Slovan Bratislava in the first leg last week. Rafael Ratao scored both the goals for the Slovakian champions, who are now in the driving team.

Team News:

Neil Farrugia is on the sidelines due to a hip injury, while midfielder Chris McCann could miss out. Rory Gaffney, Aaron Greene and Gary O’Neill are likely to start.

Slovan Bratislava

Slovan Bratislava won the first leg against Shamrock Rovers with relative ease. Ratao scored one goal in each half, and Vladimír Weiss’s side will be confident of getting the job done in the second leg. Of course, there is always a chance that Shamrock Rovers scoring twice, but the Slovakian champions need to find the back of the net just once to make it virtually impossible for the home team.

Team News:

There are no injury or suspension worries for Slovan Bratislava. Rabiu Ibrahim, Ratao, David Strelec and Ezekiel Henty all should start.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Shamrock Rovers and Slovan Bratislava have met just once – last week.
  • Slovan Bratislava was unbeaten in their last five games.
  • Shamrock Rovers have lost two of their last five matches.

Conclusion

Shamrock Rovers will have home advantage and are likely to score once. However, it is unlikely that Stephen Bradley’s side will be able to win the game three clear goals.

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 4/1

Bookmaker: Betfair

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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