NS Mura vs St Patrick’s Athletic Match Analysis and Prediction

NS Mura will face St Patrick’s Athletic in the second leg of their Europa Conference League second qualifying round tie on Thursday.

In last week’s first leg, St Patrick’s fell behind after only 29 minutes, when Mirlind Daku showed an excellent turn of pace and composure to round his opposing goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net from a tight angle.

However, a superb touch and left-footed volley from Chris Forrester crashed in off the underside of the bar to level the scores moments before the hour mark.

NS Mura caused quite the stir in last season’s inaugural Europa Conference League campaign when they famously defeated 2019 Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Fazanerija.

Head coach Damir Contala will be counting on a supportive environment on Thursday to help his side into the next round of qualifying, with a second successive spot in the group stage potentially awaiting them thereafter.

St Patrick’s have failed to progress past the qualifying rounds of European competition since losing to Hertha Berlin in the UEFA Cup in 2008, and a draw at home to Mura on Thursday could end up being seen as a major missed opportunity should the return leg go as expected.

However, all is not lost for Tim Clancy’s side yet having dominated the extensive majority of the proceedings at Richmond Park.

Clancy will be keen to ensure that his side play in a similar manner to the first leg, adding just greater composure in front of goal while reducing major errors which saw them concede an early goal before losing a man late on.

With St Patrick’s having welcomed a new striker Bolton Wanderers in the name of Eoin Doyle, who joined the club in January, they do have a player who can crucially make use of any chances which may come his way.

NS Mura vs St Patrick’s Athletic head to head

The two teams have previously met on just one occasion in the first leg of their Europa Conference League second round qualifying tie, where they played out a 1-1 draw.

St Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Mura 21/07/22

NS Mura latest home form

Mura have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have won each of their three most recent matches. They managed to defeat Domzale 4-3 in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded 10.

Mura 1-3 Maribor 22/05/22

Mura 1-1 Vojvodina 30/06/22

Mura 4-2 Floridsdorfer AC 01/07/22

Mura 2-1 Sfintul Gheorghe 14/07/22

Mura 4-3 Domzale 24/07/22

NS Mura latest away form

Mura have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just two of their eight most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with St Patrick’s Athletic in their last away game in the Conference League. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded eight.

Napredak 1-3 Mura 22/06/22

Sturm Graz 3-2 Mura 24/06/22

Sfintul Gheorghe 1-2 Mura 07/07/22

Olimpia 2-0 Mura 17/07/22

St Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Mura 21/07/22

St Patrick’s Athletic latest home form

St Patrick’s have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having lost just one of their six most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with NS Mura in their last home game in the Conference League. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded five.

St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 UCD 17/06/22

St Patrick’s Athletic 1-2 Shamrock Rovers 27/06/22

St Patrick’s Athletic 3-0 Drogheda United 01/07/22

St Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Dundalk 15/07/22

St Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Mura 21/07/22

St Patrick’s Athletic latest away form

St Patrick’s have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having lost just one of their six most recent matches. They drew 2-2 with Finn Harps in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded four.

Drogheda United 0-4 St Patrick’s Athletic 06/05/22

Derry City 0-0 St Patrick’s Athletic 09/05/22

Sligo Rovers 1-1 St Patrick’s Athletic 14/05/22

Dundalk 1-0 St Patrick’s Athletic 27/05/22

Finn Harps 2-2 St Patrick’s Athletic 24/06/22

NS Mura news

Mura head coach Constala is not likely to make any changes to the side which picked up a solid draw in Ireland last week.

Mirlind Daku appears to be a forward in red hot form at the moment, with the 24-year-old’s booming confidence gained from a brace against NK Domzale at the weekend.

St Patrick’s Athletic news

St Patrick’s manager Tim Clancy will be forced to replace forward Mark Doyle after the 23-year-old needless dismissal earned his a supsension.

Ronan Coughlan could be called upon alongside Eoin Doyle to feature in the attack, while the rest of the squad that started in the first leg could remain the same.

Prediction and Odds

NS Mura head into the contest with the confidence of playing on home ground, having secured a point from the first leg in which the scored first.

However, St Patrick’s dominated the vast majority of the proceedings at Richmond Park last week, and will feel encouraged to record a positive result here.

Odds: 2.20 2.05 2.30

Probable outcomes

Mura 0-0 St Patrick’s Athletic

Mura 1-1 St Patrick’s Athletic

Mura 2-2 St Patrick’s Athletic 

Mura 1-0 St Patrick’s Athletic

Mura 1-2 St Patrick’s Athletic

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