EL QR2
Date: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 2020
Venue:

Scored: 14'
- David McMillan 14'

Red: 58'
- Andy Boyle 58'


Europa League Preview: Inter Club d'Escaldes -v- Dundalk

Wed, Sep 16 2020

Dundalk will be hoping to avoid a potentially humiliating Europa League exit when they take on Andorran side Inter Club d’Escaldes in the Europa League second qualifying round (kick-off is 6.30pm on Thursday evening).

INTER CLUB D’ESCALDES

Escaldes were a founding member of the Andorran top-flight (named Primera Divisio) in 1995 and remained there until they were relegated in 2015.

Following two years of being in the Andorran second-tier, Escaldes were promoted back to the top-flight ahead of the 2017-18 season.

And since being relegated, the club have enjoyed a rapid ascent of sorts – playing in the Champions League qualifiers as recently as last month.

Last season, the Andorrans qualified for the Champions League by virtue of their league title success – their first since they entered the league in 1995.

They won the title last season, seeing off FC Santa Coloma to the top honours by a single point.

The club also play their home games at the Estadi Comunal Andorra la Vella, a ground that has a capacity of 1,300 spectators.

The Andorrans have an experienced squad within their ranks, with an average age of 33. Former Premier League star Federico Bassone plays for their side.

Manager Adolfo Baines played in England as a player once previous with then League One side MK Dons.

They have yet to release team news ahead of Thursday evening’s encounter against Dundalk.

DUNDALK

Dundalk will be looking to make amends for their UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Slovenian champions NK Celje when they take on Andorrans Inter Escaldes on Thursday evening.

The Lilywhites eventually succumbed to a three-nil defeat in Budapest against their Slovenian counterparts.

The game also was the final for Vinny Perth who was relieved of his duties as Dundalk Head Coach following the result.

Since then, Dundalk have appointed Italian Filippo Giovagnoli as their new Head Coach – and they have also won games in the FAI Cup against Cobh Ramblers and Premier Division versus Shelbourne.

However, their latest test will be one of their most important in recent weeks. Should they win, they will take on Moldovans Sheriff Tiraspol in the third qualifying round next week.

This will be the 76th European match in Dundalk’s history, with the Lilywhites’ winning 14, drawing 18 and losing 33.

In terms of team news for the Co. Louth side, they will be without Dane Massey, Patrick McEleney and Joshua Gatt.

Forward Patrick Hoban is expected to play a role however despite missing training last week due to a slight knock.

Referee: Viktor Shimusik (Belarus).

 

MATCH STATS

Inter Club d’Escaldes have never played in the Europa League or UEFA Cup before, with their first European bow coming last month against Kosovan champions FC Drita.

Dundalk have failed to score in their previous four European ties away from home in both the Europa and Champions League.

Levadia Tallinn were the last side to lose to the Lilywhites in European competition – with FC Riga drawing both games as they lost on penalties to the Vinny Perth managed side last year.

BETTING

Inter Club d’Escaldes 15/2; Draw 9/2; Dundalk 1/4.

PREDICTION

Inter Club d’Escaldes 1 - 3 Dundalk

 

Inter Club d’Escaldes

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: N/A.

 

Dundalk

Injured: Josh Gatt, Patrick McEleney, Dane Massey.

Doubtful: Patrick Hoban.

Suspended: None.


Inter Escaldes
Jose Gomes
Goalkeeper
Raul Mihai Feher
Defender
Ildefons Lima
45Booked: 45'
Defender
Emili Garcia
Defender
Federico Bessone Luna
Defender
Genis Soldevila Solduga
90Booked: 90'
Midfielder
Jordi Rubio
65Booked: 65'
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Midfielder
Albert Reyes
56Booked: 56'
Midfielder
Marc Pujol
Midfielder
Sergio Moreno
10Booked: 10'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Jordi Betriu Armengol
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Forward

Substitutes
Jordi Roca Grau
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Óscar Reyes
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Defender
Xavier Moreno
Defender
Bruninho
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Forward
Joan Bayona
Goalkeeper
Dundalk
1 Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
15 Darragh Leahy
Defender
4 Sean Hoare
Defender
3 Brian Gartland
Defender
21 Daniel Cleary
Defender
44 Andy Boyle
Defender
40Booked: 40'
58Booked: 58'
58Sent off: 58'
10 Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
55Booked: 55'
5 Chris Shields
Midfielder
52Booked: 52'
16 Sean Murray
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
7 Michael Duffy
Midfielder
22 Stefan Colovic
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
29 David McMillan
Forward
14Scored: 14'
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'

Substitutes
18 Will Patching
Midfield
8 John Mountney
Midfield
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
20 Aaron McCarey
Goalkeeper
27 Daniel Kelly
Forward
9 Patrick Hoban
Forward
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
2 Sean Gannon
Defender
60Subbed On: 60'
60'