F91 Dudelange vs St Patrick’s AthleticUEFA Europa League, KO: 18:30 Jul 12, 2023, Stade Jos Nosbaum
Dudelange and St Patrick’s Athletic begin their quest to reach the group stage of the Europa Conference League with a first-round clash on Wednesday. Neither team has shown much defensive solidity in recent times and could be set to produce goals in this one.
Dudelange became the first team from Luxembourg to progress to the group stage of any European competition during the 2018-19 Europa League. Although Carlos Fangueiro’s men finished bottom of the standings, it is still experience under their belt and some lessons would have been learnt.
While that was their only foray into the group phase of any European competition, Dudelange have been regulars in the qualifying stage. They have played in the early rounds of the Champions League qualifiers several times while also reaching the playoffs of Last season’s Conference League before losing to Lech Poznan.
Dudelange do not head into Wednesday’s clash in good form having claimed just one win in their last five matches, conceding 10 goals in that run. However, the good news is that they have done some good work at home lately with four wins in their last six matches across all competitions.
St Patrick’s Athletic are bidding to reach the group phase of a European competition for the first time in their history. They have experience in the early stages of all three tournaments but have never progressed beyond the third qualifying round.
The Irish side may have played in the third qualifying round of last season’s Conference League but they only claimed one regulation time win before crashing out. Jon Daly's men claimed a 1-0 victory at CSKA Sofia before losing 2-0 at home in the second leg.
St Patrick’s Athletic have been erratic lately as they travel to Dudelange with two wins and as many draws in their last four matches across all competitions. They have also claimed three wins and suffered three defeats in their last seven away matches across all competitions, keeping just one clean sheet in that run.
How the bookies view it
Dudelange have the upper hand among the bookies with a home win priced at 6/4 by Unibet. A victory for St Patrick’s Athletic is valued at 2/1 by Paddy Power while a draw is set at odds of 9/4 by Betfred.
Head to head
This will be the first ever meeting between Dudelange and St Patrick’s Athletic.
Players to watch
Samir Hadji was the leading scorer for Dudelange last season and will be looking to carry that form into this campaign. With support from the likes of Edis Agovic and Enzo Lima, the hosts could be set to produce over 1.5 goals at 27/20 by Unibet.
Mark Doyle and Eion Doyle have a fine understanding in attack and will be the ones to watch for St Patrick’s Athletic on Thursday. Both men can combine to ensure the Irish side produce over 1.5 goals at 29/20 by Unibet.
Anything else catch the eye?
Dudelange and St Patrick’s Athletic often struggle to keep things tight at the back and can be set to produce goals on Wednesday. Both teams can be backed to score at 4/5 by bet365, over 2.5 goals is valued at 21/20 by 10bet while BetVictor is offering 27/10 for over 3.5 goals.
A closely fought opening is expected on Thursday, so the second half can be tipped to produce the most goals at 11/10 with Unibet.
This UEFA Europa League match between F91 Dudelange and St Patrick’s Athletic will be played on Jul 12, 2023 and kick off at 18:30. Check below for our tipsters best F91 Dudelange vs St Patrick’s Athletic prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.