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Shamrock Rovers have enjoyed healthy crowds this season

Shamrock Rovers have enjoyed healthy crowds this season

Shamrock Rovers have enjoyed healthy crowds this season

League of Ireland holders Shamrock Rovers take on Hibernians FC of Malta in first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round this week. Here’s all you need to know about the match.

Where and when is it on?

Tuesday's match takes place at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin with an 7.30pm kick-off. The second leg will be in Paola on July 12th.

What’s the team news?

The Hoops will be with without Danny Mandroiu who is carrying a knock but is also on the verge of a move to League One outfit Lincoln City.

Ireland internationals Graham Burke and Jack Byrne also miss out through injury.

Hibernians will be without Ferdinando Apap, Andrei Agius and Bjorn Kristensen, all of whom are serving suspensions resulting from their actions following some controversial decisions from Irish referee Rob Hennessy in their Europa Conference League exit to FC Riga last season.

Who are Hibernians FC?

Not to be confused with Scotland's Hibernian FC, Hibernians are the current Maltese champions and have played Irish teams a number of times in the past.

They famously knocked Shelbourne out of the Champions League in 2002, with losses to Dundalk in 1979 and Waterford in 1980 also on their European record.

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What to read on Independent.ie?

Daniel McDonnell has spoken to Gary O'Neill, who admits the Hoops are desperate for a sustained European adventure this summer, while Sean O'Connor gives the perspective from Hibernians midfielder Dunstan Vella.

Rovers boss Stephen Bradley confirmed Mandroiu's departure on Monday and paid tribute to the forward as he prepares to leave the club.

Another former Hoop was on the move earlier in the summer and Daniel McDonnell caught with with Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu after his £15m move to Southampton went through.

Where can I watch the match?

The game will be shown live on RTÉ2 with coverage starting at 7.00pm. It will also be streamed on the RTE Player.

What are the odds?

Rovers are heavy favourites at 1/4 with Hibernians 17/2 and the draw priced at 4/1.


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