Shamrock host Rovers in the second round of the Europa League play-offs knowing the competition is already over. The Irish lost 4-0 in Hungary, leaving them with the task of scoring one of the greatest comebacks in European football to secure a place in the group stage of the competition. Shamrock Rovers vs Ferencvaros kick-off scheduled for Thursday 25th August at 9pm
Shamrock Rovers vs Ferencvaros Match Preview: Where the two teams stand
Given their previous round performances and their current position in Irish football, Shamrock Rovers would have been optimistic that they could shock Ferencvaros to progress to the Europa League. But it was a step too far for Stephen Bradley’s side, who conceded a fourth goal in the dying minutes as they found themselves 2-0 down in the 34th minute. Actually, the tie ended before the effort, but Shamrocks can face this match knowing that a performance in the group stages of the Europa Conference League is a consolation prize. While it has given their supporters reasons to dream better, it remains a monumental achievement for a team whose last continental experience was in 2011-12, when they lost all six of their group stage matches. While Bradley could make some changes given the schedule ahead, he will be looking to extend his seven-point lead in the Championship with a 3-0 win over nearest rivals Dundalk at the weekend. League of Ireland Premier Division.
It wasn’t long ago that Ferencvaros had aspirations of making it to the group stages of the Champions League, ending with a defeat against Qarabag in the third qualifying round. Taking on a team like Shamrocks was considered a potential banana skin, but being able to play the first leg at home gave them the opportunity to take complete control of the game. Adama Traore scored twice to take his goals tally to four in three games and the Malian player will be looking to extend his streak on Thursday night. Although Stanislav Cherchesov’s side took a weekend off and lost two games to other teams in the Hungarian top flight, they are still in second place after two straight wins.
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Bradley, who made just two changes in the dominant win over Dundalk, may be willing to keep the players who started the match. Aaron Green and Rory Gaffney scored before retiring in the 68th minute and Bradley will be hoping they continue to be ruthless on Thursday. Had Ferencvaros played at the weekend, Cherchesov would have been prepared to make several changes to his team given the size of the lead. However, he may now prefer to keep the same eleven as he wants to give his first team at least an hour of competitive football before returning to home games on Sunday. Frank Boley is looking to move back into the center of attack and Ryan Mamma could get the better of him.
Probable Formations Shamrock Rovers vs Ferencvaros
Possible starting line-up for Shamrock Rovers:
Mannus; Hoare, Cleary, Grace; Finn, O’Neill, Towell, Lyons; Watts; Green, Gaffney
The formation of ferrenquarose is possible:
Debus Wingo, Botka, Noster, Paska; Besik, Laidauni; Osqui, Nguyen, Traore; Bolly
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