Just like Sligo Rovers, St Patricks Athletic will face off against Ukrainian opponents when they take on Karpaty Lviv in the third qualifying round of the Europa League Thursday, kick off 5.30pm.
For the third European game in succession St Pats will play the first leg away and after seeing narrow defeats away to IBV and Karagandy followed up with impressive home wins Pats manager Pete Mahon won’t be too discouraged heading to the former USSR state.
This could be the ideal time for St Pats to play Lviv, the club has yet to taste victory in their domestic league, losing two and drawing one of their opening three games, their most recent result a 2-1 loss away to early leaders Shakhtar Donetsk. The club is currently third from bottom in the table.
Lviv have experience of playing Irish opposition before however having lost out to Shelbourne 3-2 on aggregrate in the cup winners cup however that was 17 years ago and a lot of changed in both leagues.
While having a predominately domestic squad the club can boasts two Brazilian’s in their ranks, William Batista and Danilo as well as young Argentine forward German Pacheo who had a spell in Spain with Rayo Vallecano. They also have Georgian international Alexander Guruli on their books.
Pats have impressed so far this season both at home and in Europe and currently sit fourth in the Airtricity league just four points of the top with a game in hand. Thankfully Mahon has no injury worries to contend with coming into this game although he will have to do without Daryl Kavanagh and Stephen Bradley who both miss out against Lviv after picking up yellow cards against IBV and Karagandy.
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