Dundalk vs Bray PREVIEW & PREDICTION 25/05/2018


Dundalk and Bray Wanderers meet at Oriel Park, in a match for the 20th round of the Premier League. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 04-13-2018, Dundalk won away by (0-2). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 8 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 02-16-2018, in a match for the Premier League that ended in a draw by (0-0). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Bray Wanderers presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.


The home team is currently in the 1 st position of the league, with 43 points won, after 13 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Bohemians, by (0-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Waterford United, by (2-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 28 goals scored and 12 conceded; against 12 wins and 3 draws in their stadium, with 36 goals scored and 7 suffered.

For this competition, he does not lose in his stadium 10 games ago. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 10 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition.

The Dundalk comes to this game motivated, after having added another victory in this Irish championship, beating Waterford, 2-0. Without great surprises, the local team appears at the top of the table, with 2 points more than the second, the Cork. In this game against the fans, coach Stephen Kenny must act in the usual 4-2-3-1, benefiting the maintenance of ball possession and paused attacks, being McGrath, number 10, the great responsible for creating and organize the offensive process. On the other hand, Patrick Hoban is having a phenomenal start to the season and already has 12 goals scored. Everything indicates that the entire staff is available for this day.

Bray :

After 2 wins, 2 draws and 15 losses, the away team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 8 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Cork City, by (4-0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Derry City, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 2 draws and 12 losses in away matches; against 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away league matches Bray Wanderers has a record of 1 draw and 9 losses, so they have won 1 point out of 30 possible.

In this competition, he has lost the last 9 games away and has not won any of the last 10 appearances as a visitor. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 10 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that scores only few times and was only able to open the scoring in 4 of its last 19 matches for the Premier League, and never reached halftime advantage. In 19 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 14 games in which he suffered the first goal.

At this time the Bray Wanderers lives on the other side of the table, that is, in the last position, with only 8 points won. We remember that the visitors no longer win four games in a row, being that in the last match he lost in Derry’s territory, by 2-0. The 4-2-3-1 must be the tactical system used by the visiting team, which, very possibly, will have Ronan Coughlan as reference in the attack: this player is one of the best markers of the team, with 3 goals scored . However, we highlight the quality in the offensive organization of midfielder McCabe: this player owns great vision of game and quality of pass. There are no important absences for this game.

PREDICTION: Over 3.5 goals @ 1.83

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