Rosenborg vs Dundalk
Competition: UEFA Champions League Qualifying
Date: 19 July 2017
Kick-off: 19:15 CET
Reginiussen’s goal in the 44th minute last week in Ireland gave Rosenborg a precious 1-1 draw and an undeniable advantage, not that big though as to consider themselves already qualified for the next round. Domestically, Ingebrigtsen’s team have been doing great, they are first after 17 game weeks, five points above second-placed Sarpsborg 08. Rosenborg have lost just two games, they have been scoring almost two goals per match, and they now have three consecutive wins at home, scoring at least three goals in each of those matches. Last Saturday they won 3-0 at Sogndal, their first clean sheet in four games, and only second in their last 12 matches.
Having opened the score in the 18th minute last week, Dundalk found themselves in a great position. What they mostly had to do was avoid conceding, a second goal would have been great but not as important as not conceding. Seconds before going to the dressing room at halftime, Rosenborg equalized, which means Dundalk are not exactly left with a mountain to climb, but will definitely have to struggle to either beat the Norwegians, or draw scoring at least once. Unlike most European championships, the Irish one is at its 22nd game week. Dundalk are second, having won their last five matches and kept a clean sheet in all of those, but they still remain 15 whole points behind leaders Cork City. Unlike Rosenborg, the Irish did not play last weekend, given more time to focus 100% on their CL qualifiers.
Rosenborg vs Dundalk : Head-to-head Stats
Their game last week was the first ever between these two. In the past, Rosenborg have given a total of seven games against teams from Ireland, they have four wins, two draws, and just one loss, at Sligo Rovers, in 2014. The game against Rosenborg at home last week, was Dundalk’s first ever versus a Norwegian opponent.
Rosenborg vs Dundalk : Prediction
Rosenborg are considered big favorites to win the game, which makes sense, given that they do have an incomparably better roster (compared to Dundalk’s), and are playing at home, against a team that have to score (therefore, take certain risks).
Rosenborg vs Dundalk : Tips
A simple Rosenborg win pays 1.50. For more than that, consider betting on the hosts to win in a game that will have at least three goals. The result of the first leg kind of helps to imagine this game have more than two goals, with the third one coming most probably in the last ten minutes. ‘Rosenborg and over 2.5 goals’ pays 2.37.