Sports Mole preview Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Hibernians and Shamrock Rovers, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
After winning 3-0 in Ireland last week, Shamrock Rovers will seek to complete the job when confronted Hibernians in the return match of their Champions League qualifying match in the first round.
The hosts, meanwhile, will be looking to use home advantage as they attempt to close a three-goal deficit.
The Hibernians are aiming to reach the second qualifying round of the Champions League for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
However, if they are to progress to the next round, the Maltese champions need to make a remarkable comeback after losing 3-0 in Ireland last week.
Having won 13 of their last 14 home games, the Hibernians will look to build on their recent form at home with an important win required on Tuesday.
However, five wins in their last six European home games won’t offer too much encouragement heading into Tuesday’s game.
If the Hibernians fail to make a comeback in the second leg, they will have to settle for a place in the Europa Conference League qualifying rounds.
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers will believe they have finished the tough slog in their quest to progress to the second round after claiming a 3-0 home first leg win.
Ronan Finn opened the scoring for the Irish champions last week before Dylan Watts doubled the lead just before halftime.
Shamrock Rovers ensured they would take a three-goal lead in Malta after Rory Gaffney found the net in the 78th minute, wrapping up a competitive four-game win.
Tuesday’s visitors have not lost a game by a three-goal margin since a 5-2 league loss to Dundalk in June 2018, which will give them encouragement ahead of the second leg.
If Shamrock Rovers manage to get the job done, they will face either Ludogorets Razgrad or Sutjeska in the second qualifying round.
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After making a late appearance as a substitute in the first leg Lorenzo Fonseca could enter the Hibernians side for Tuesday’s game.
Terence Groothusen came off the bench at half-time in Ireland, and the striker is in contention for a starting spot for the second leg.
With necessary goals, the Hibernians will turn to Justin Degabriele who was his club’s top scorer in the Maltese Premier League last season.
As for Shamrock Rovers, they are unlikely to make too many changes after picking up a comfortable 3-0 first leg victory.
After returning from injury to make substitute appearances in Shamrock Rovers’ last two games, Richie Towell could enter the starting line-up for Tuesday’s contest.
Gaffney will continue up front and the 32-year-old will be looking to score in a third game in a row.
Hibernians possible starting composition:
Koné; Grech, Llerena, Soares, Izquier; Vella, Fonseca, Diakite; Thaylor, Degabriele, Groothusen
Possible starting line-up of Shamrock Rovers:
Mannus; Hoare, Lopes, Grace; Finn, Watts, O’Neill, McCann, Lyons; Gaffney, Greene
We say: Hibernians 1-2 Shamrock Rovers
The Hibernians will be looking to make full use of home advantage on Tuesday as they attempt to stage a remarkable comeback, but Shamrock Rovers showed the quality they possess in their squad last week, and we believe the Irish champions will prove too strong for their opponents once. again in the return match.
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