League of Ireland title holders Shamrock Rovers will take on North Macedonia’s Shukupi in the Europa League third qualifying round, the first leg, this week. Here’s what you need to know about the match.
Where and when is it on?
Thursday’s match will start at 8 pm at Talghat Stadium in Dublin.
What’s the news of the team?
Rovers captain Roberto López is still absent due to injury, with new signing Daniel Cleary coming into contention for hoops.
Who is Shakupi?
The North Macedonian champion is only ten years old, having been formed in 2012 by the amalgamation of Sloga Jugomagnet and FC Albarsa.
With Macedonian football after last year’s appearance at the European Championships and victories over Germany and Italy in a Wold Cup qualification bid that only felt short in a play-off loss to Portugal, Shakupi’s team had to play for them. There are several squads that include goalkeeper Kristijn Naumowski, defender Zelil Abdullah and right-back Vladika Bradarowski.
They have qualified for Europe in each of the last five seasons, but have won only one tie before this year, a 3–1 aggregate win over Lappi from Kosovo, 2–0 at home and 1 before losing in the next round. 1 draw. -0 from Portugal to Santa Clara.
In the first round of this season’s Champions League they defeated the Lincoln Red Imps 3–2 over two legs, escaping a scare after seeing a 3–0 home leg win in Gibraltar.
They were unlucky to lose to Dinamo Zagreb, who had to rely on a last-minute draw to defend 2–2 in Croatia before claiming a 1–0 victory in Skopje.
what’s at stake?
The tie presents a real opportunity for the Irish champions with a win A guaranteed place in the Europa Conference League group stage with a worst-case finish and a play-off to go better and qualify for the Europa League group stages.
Hoops rejoined the Europa League after a 4–2 aggregate loss to Ludogorets in the Champions League, all losses in a 3–0 loss to Bulgaria. But they went out to their glory after winning the second leg 2–1 and competed for almost a remarkable turnaround when they went up 2–0 late before receiving a sucker punch to the death to kill the tie. Was doing.
Independent.e But what to read?
With the success of Irish clubs in Europe this season, Daniel McDonnell is arguing that the early finale of the GAA inter-county season has provided a window into which the likes of Shamrock Rovers could slip. Daniels has also profiled the FAI’s new Director of Football, Mark Canham.
Rovers boss Stephen Bradley has been “blown away” by the generosity of the League of Ireland community, as his family’s charity fundraiser closes to €75,000. Bradley and his wife Emma launched the “Josh Shave Your Head Challenge” last week as their eight-year-old son is being treated for an illness at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
The money will be divided between the Children’s Health Foundation, Aoibin’s Pink Tie and the Irish Cancer Society and you can donate to fundraiser here,
A former hoop was underway earlier in the summer and Daniel McDonnell caught up with Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu after a £15m move to Southampton.
Where can I watch the match?
The game will not be shown live on Terrestrial TV, but it will be available to stream on LOITV and is available to purchase for a price of €10.
what are the odds?
Rovers are the favorites on 11/10 with Shukupi 12/5 and the draw is worth 21/10.
What’s the latest from Rovers Camp?
“We thought we had to focus on them when we got them here. I knew the third goal last week was going to be important and it proved.
“To perform against a team that is regular in the group stages and with that investment I thought the players were excellent. I just told the players that if we play to that level, we are very close to getting there. Will go.”