Dundalk v AZ Alkmaar preview

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny is predicting an “epic” battle against AZ Alkmaar which could put the Irish minnows on the brink of a seismic upset in the Europa League.

The League of Ireland side are the lowest ranked team in the tournament, but are firmly in contention for a place in the last 32 ahead of their penultimate Group D game on Thursday night.

They are hoping a home crowd in Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium, where they have already beaten Maccabi Tel Aviv and only narrowly lost to Zenit St Petersburg, will spur them on to another famous result.

Kenny says that if they can get through to the knockout stages, Dundalk’s trajectory will eclipse even that of shock Premier League title winners Leicester, who have now won their Champions League group.

“I think what we are achieving is on a much greater scale,” the Lilywhites boss said in a pre-match press conference at Tallaght.

“From our point of view, no one gave us a chance …

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