Match stats: Rovers v Dundalk
Sligo Rovers will be looking to make it three wins in succession in the Airtricity League for the first time since the eight game winning run that began the season.
Before that the last time was May 2012 with the away win to Drogheda and then home wins against Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne.
Another away win would surpass last season’s total of six on the road which was achieved in 14 games while only 11 games have been played so far this year. It would also equal the points total of 2012 with 24.
The loss to Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday was the first time Rovers scored twice in a game and lost since the EA Sports Cup semi-final of 2011 when losing to Derry on penalties after a 3-3 draw. The last time Rovers lost a game not on penalties when scoring at least two goals was against Dundalk when they won 4-3 in the Showgrounds in August 2009.
Kieran Djilali followed up his goal against Bray Wanderers with another against Shamrock to take him to five for the season.
It’s the second time this year he has scored in two games in a row after doing so against UCD then Shelbourne. He had never previously done so in his career before joining Rovers.
The other scorer in that game was Anthony Elding which ended a run of eight games without a goal for him stretching back to an earlier round of the competition in the win over Mervue.
He will be looking to end an eight game barren streak in league football back to the 2-2 draw with Drogheda.
The Bit o’ Red have scored twice in the last three games having gone five games without scoring more than once before then.
The champions have lost seven games this season. In the games following the previous there have been two wins, two draws as well as two losses.
Rovers have picked up more points from the games against the other teams in the top half of the table with 19 from the 11 games played. Dundalk are next best with 17.
The Bit o’ Red have scored more than one goal in 13 games so far in the league which is only bettered by Dundalk with 14.
Last six results:
17/7/13 UCL Sligo Rovers 0-1 Molde
23/7/13 UCL Molde 2-0 Sligo Rovers
27/7/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers
2/8/13 LOI Derry City 1-2 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley, Danny North)
10/8/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Bray Wanderers (Raff Cretaro, Kieran Djilali)
13/8/13 EA Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Sligo Rovers (Kieran Djilali, Anthony Elding)
Dundalk’s 1-0 win in the last clash between the sides ended a run of five successive wins for the Bit o’Red and a 10 game unbeaten run.
Dundalk’s last win before that was also their last home win against Rovers and that came in May 2010 by the samescoreline.
In the five games in Oriel Park since that defeat Rovers have three wins and two draws scoring a total of 11 goals but not keeping any clean sheets.
The champions last clean sheet in Dundalk was eight games ago in a 2-0 win in May 2009. A clean sheet has been kept away to every other side since then with the exception of Shamrock Rovers.
That loss is Rovers only defeat in Oriel Park in the last ten visits since losing a first division game 3-2 in September 2004.
Rovers have won the last two games away to Dundalk, winning a third in a row would be a first for Rovers. Dundalk will be looking to make it back-to-back wins over Rovers for the first time since 1991 when they won 1-0 in theShowgrounds in September before winning again in the Sligo in November 2-1.
The last team to record successive wins against the Bit o’ Redwas Shamrock Rovers 1-0 in the Showgrounds in March 2011followed by a 1-0 win in Tallaght in May.
The 2-0 win mentioned above included an opening goal by Alan Keane which began a run of three goals in six games at the Louth venue for the Galwegian. In the next game between the teams there Raff Cretaro opened the scoring which started a run of him scoring three times in five in Oriel Park.
Another player with a good record against the Lilywhites is Gavin Peers. The centre-back has scored four times in nine games against them which includes two at Oriel Park. He scored on Rovers previous visit this season and it remains his only goal so far this season in the league.
Rovers have played Dundalk on 145 occasions which is more than against any other club. Dundalk hold a slender advantage with 55 wins to 53. Of the 72 times that Dundalk has been the home side they have won almost half the games with 35 compared to Rovers 20 away wins.
There have been six red cards in the last seven games the teams have played in Dundalk with four for Dundalk and two to Rovers.
Last six meetings:
4/10/11 LOI Sligo Rovers 5-0 Dundalk (Richie Ryan, Joseph Ndo, John Dillon, Eoin Doyle, Johnny Breen (OG))
31/3/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Dundalk (Danny North x2, Gavin Peers)
29/6/12 LOI Dundalk 1-2 Sligo Rovers (Danny North x2)
10/9/12 Sligo Rovers 3-0 Dundalk (Mark Quigley, Gavin Peers, Liam Buchanan)
19/3/13 LOI Dundalk 1-3 Sligo Rovers (Raff Cretaro, Gavin Peers, Anthony Elding)
28/5/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-1 Dundalk
Dundalk are the league’s form team having picked up five wins and a draw from their last six games to give them a total of 16 points out of a possible 18. That’s five point more than the next best which is leaders St. Pat’s, champions Sligo Rovers and in-form Shelbourne who all have 11 points from six games.
Their current unbeaten run of six league games is the longest current streak with Pat’s and Drogheda next best unbeaten in five.
In total the Louth club have won nine of their last 11 games a run which started when they won 1-0 in the Showgrounds in the side’s last encounter in May. Their scoreless draw with Shamrock Rovers on the opening night is the only games they have failed to score in in Oriel Park.
After starting the season without a win in their first five home games in the league they have since won six out of seven. The only blemish was 3-2 loss to UCD in May.
Their points tally of 21 at home is only better than Derry City out of the top four clubs.
The Lilywhites 2-1 win over Shelbourne last weekend was their 15th in the league this season and took them to 49 points. Both are the most they have achieved since they won the league in 1994/95 with 17 wins and 59 points. Their best finish since then was coming fifth in 2009.
Top scorer Patrick Hoban has 10 league goals so far, eight of which have come in his last 10 appearances. 41% of their goals have come in the last 15 minutes which is more than any other club.
Last six results:
5/7/13 LOI Derry City 0-1 Dundalk (Tiarnan Mulvenna)
12/7/13 LOI Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians (Patrick Hoban x3)
19/7/13 LOI Cork City 2-2 Dundalk (Brian Gartland, Stephen O’Donnell)
26/7/13 LOI Dundalk 1-0 Bray Wanderers (Kurtis Byrne)
2/8/13 LOI Dundalk 3-1 Shamrock Rovers (Patrick Hoban x2, Kurtis Byrne)
9/8/13 Shelbourne 1-2 Dundalk (Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland)