Preview: Shamrock Rovers vs. Breidablik – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Shamrock Rovers and Breidablik, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Shamrock Rovers will kick off their Champions League campaign when they welcome Icelandic side Breidablik to Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday night in the first qualifying round.

The Hoops earned their place in UEFA’s elite club competition after winning the 2022 League of Ireland, while Breidablik were champions in their respective league last year.

Match preview

Shamrock Rovers back in Champions League action following their title-winning campaign of 2022, with the Hoops finishing 13 points clear of second-placed Derry City in the final standings.

Stephen Bradley‘s men have won the last three league crowns in Ireland, however success for the club on the continental stage is a lot more limited.

The Hoops made their debut in the Europa Conference League group stage last season, the club’s first appearance past the qualifying rounds of a European competition since they made a 2011-12 Europa League group which included Tottenham Hotspur and Rubin Kazan.

A section made up of Gent, Molde and Djurgarden IF proved too challenging for Bradley’s side, with Shamrock only managing to collect two points in six matches.

Rovers are heading towards a fourth-straight title in Ireland this year, currently sitting four points ahead of second-placed St Patrick’s Athletic in the League of Ireland standings.

Breidablik have not been as consistent with earning league titles as their Irish opponents on Tuesday night, however the Icelandic outfit also won their domestic league in 2022 to secure a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Blikar finished 10 points clear of KA Akureyri last year, winning their first Besta Deildin crown since 2010, with that success over a decade ago being the club’s only other league title.

Oskar Thorvaldsson‘s men had to win two matches in the preliminary round of qualifying to book a clash with Shamrock Rovers – a task which Breidablik made easy work of, thrashing Tre Penne Galazzano 7-1 before beating Buducnost Podgorica 5-0.

The furthest the Icelandic champions have ever been in European competition was the third-qualifying round of the Europa League in 2013, although a penalty shootout loss against Latvian side FK Jelgava ended their continental journey on that occasion.

Shamrock Rovers Champions League form:

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Team News

Shamrock have a packed-out medical room ahead of a crucial Champions League meeting on Tuesday night, with Lee Grace and Jack Byrne both doubts due to muscle injuries.

Full-back duo Neil Farrugia and Trevor Clarke will definitely miss the match, with the defenders expected to be sidelined until late July and September respectively.

Breidablik are expected to name a similar XI to the one which breezed past Buducnost Podgorica in Kopavogur on June 30, with Hoskuldur Gunnlaugsson looking to add to his three Champions League goals so far this season.

Stefan Sigurdarson has started his 2023 league campaign in blistering fashion, scoring 10 goals in just nine Besta Deildin starts, and the 22-year-old should be handed another start in Dublin on Tuesday.

Shamrock Rovers possible starting lineup:
Pohls; Lopes, Kavanagh, Cleary, Hoare; Poom, Nugent, Watts; Gaffney, Kenny, Burke

Breidablik possible starting lineup:
Einarsson; Gunnlaugsson; Muminovic, Adalsteinsson, Yeoman; Steindorsson, Sigurjonsson, Margeirsson; Einarsson, Eyjolfsson; Sigurdarson

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We say: Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Breidablik

Shamrock are experiencing a mini-wobble in the League of Ireland but will be confident of putting recent struggles behind them with a victory over Breidablik in the first leg.

Blikar have demolished opponents from San Marino and Montenegro to make the first qualifying round, and we envisage the visitors struggling to cope with the step up in quality in Dublin.

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