Dundalk boss Vinny Perth hoping they get lucky with Champions …

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The Covid-19 pandemic has meant a change in the early-round format, with one-legged ties and the possibility of games at neutral venues depending on countries’ travel restrictions.

 Perth is hoping for a kinder draw than they have previously had

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Dundalk boss Vinny Perth hoping they get lucky with Champions …

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Perth is hoping for a kinder draw than they have previously had

UEFA are also examining whether groups could potentially be made up of countries on ‘green lists’ together once they have collated all the relevant information.

But Perth and Dundalk know they cannot rely on that and it could easily down to the luck of the draw.

Dundalk boss Vinny Perth hoping they get lucky with Champions …

And as the Lilywhites gaffer pointed out, his team rarely get any luck in any knockout competitions.

He said: “As a club, since I have taken over we’ve had horrendous draws.

TOUGH OPPONENTS

“People will talk and say different things but the three teams we played last year, two of them were in the group stages and the other was in a playoff.

“When I look at the FAI Cup, we have been drawn away four times and the League Cup drawn away.

“We’re due a little bit of luck but in the middle of Covid you don’t know what’s ahead of you.”

The wide range of scenarios have meant that Perth has not looked into it in great deal.

Of the potential unseeded sides, only Flora Tallinn of Estonia, Riga of Latvia — who they beat last year — and KuPS Kuopio of Finland are on Ireland’s green list.

HARD TO PREDICT

Northern Irish champions Linfield are also on it but they must win through a preliminary round if they are to be a potential opponent.

Perth added: “We had a fair idea before Covid and have done a little bit of work around it but we don’t know where we stand with it now.

“You could be given a 3-0 defeat because you’re not allowed to travel to a country or you could get a 3-0 win against someone as well.

“We have to wait until Sunday, assess it then and see where it takes us.”

HUB VENUES

UEFA has stipulated that should travel restrictions mean that a team cannot travel to a venue, the hosts must find a suitable neutral venue.

But they have also provided four potential ‘hub venues’ for neutral games, which include Hungary and Greece which are both on the Irish Government’s ‘Green list.’

Meanwhile, Perth has made no bones about the fact his side must up their game after a disappointing restart to the League of Ireland.

A 1-1 draw at home to St Patrick’s Athletic on the night the league restarted was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Bohemians in Dalymount Park on Friday night.

STEP IT UP

The Lilywhites can have few arguments about either result.

And Perth acknowledged they need to lift it quickly as leaders Shamrock Rovers are now five points clear with a game in hand.

He said: “The first-half against Bohemians just wasn’t us.

“It would be wrong to say we got anything more than what we deserved.

“It’s the seventh game of the season but if we go down that line and what it means, you’d be making excuses.

“We are where we are and it’s the same for every team.

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“It’s very early in the season but at the same time it’s not — there are 11 games left and we have to accept it.

“Momentum is huge and when you get to the top, it’s very easy to get knocked off and we have been knocked off.

“We have to get our momentum back as quickly as possible. It’s a big week coming up for us.”