Shamrock Rovers will get an immediate chance to balance the books against Molde in Dublin. Following a defeat away to the Norwegian side last week, The Hoops are still seeking their first win in this season’s Europa Conference League.
A tough road trip to the Aker Stadion as indicated by football betting odds for the fixture, saw the challenge of Shamrock Rovers fall away midway through the second half. Having gone into the break at a 1-0 disadvantage in Norway, hosts Molde put the game to bed with just over half an hour left on the clock.
But all is far from lost for Rovers, however. Victory at Tallaght Stadium on October 13th, could put the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland side back firmly in the hunt for qualification to the knockout stages.
At the midway point of this group stage campaign, Shamrock Rovers have had two difficult away fixtures, but positives can be taken from their one home fixture. Rovers kicked off their campaign with a gutsy 0-0 draw against Swedish side Djurgardens who are currently in the driving seat in the section.
With the support of the home crowd behind them on Matchday 4, Shamrock Rovers will try to find a way to play themselves into the qualification picture. The positive for Stephen Bradley’s side is that two of their three remaining matches are now in their own backyard.
Out of the six matches played in Group F of this season’s Europa Conference League, only one has resulted in an away win.
While Rovers find themselves bottom of Group F on one point, the way that the other results have played out thus far, means The Hoops are just three points off second place in the group.
Djugardens banked a 1-0 away win at Gent on Matchday 3 to move top with seven points. It left Gent and Molde still within touching distance of Shamrock Rovers on four points each in the race for a top-two finish.
Shamrock Rovers began their European adventures this season in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. Entering the first qualifying round, they comfortably beat Maltese club Hibernians 3-0 on aggregate, the Hoops netting all the goals of the tie at home.
Despite slipping to the UEFA Europa League qualifiers after an aggregate defeat to Ludogorets, Rovers did still record a victory in their home leg of that tie. The positive European home form of Shamrock Rovers continued with successes at Tallaght Stadium in Europa League qualifying ties against Shkupi and Ferencváros.
The opening 0-0 draw against Dujuradens in the Europa Conference League has left Rovers with a W4 D1 record on home turf this season in European fixtures. Stretching back to last season, Shamrock Rovers have produced a fine W5 D1 L1 record in their last seven European home fixtures.
While away nights in Europe have proven to be tough endeavours for the Hoops, their home form keeps the hope burning bright.