Vinny Perth feels that his Dundalk side will have to be at their very best to come through their Champions League qualifier against Riga FC.

The League of Ireland champions host their Latvian counterparts at Oriel Park in Wednesday's first leg, and while the Dundalk head coach feels that his side is oozing with confidence coming into the tie, Perth stressed how important it is to avoid complacency ahead of the two-legged affair.

The Lilywhites are coming into the game off the back of a 16-game unbeaten run and sit eight points clear atop the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table, so it is not surprising that Perth’s side will take confidence into the tie.

Dundalk had a slow start to the defence of their campaign but really appear to be hitting their peak at the right time, as they embark on another quest to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

"We’re in a good place at the moment," said Perth, talking to RTÉ Sport ahead of the game.

"We’ve been in really good form in the league and there are a lot of positives in our club at the moment.

"We have had three games in a week so we have had an opportunity to get players fit and into peak condition.

"We had some difficult games, away to Shamrock Rovers and away to Derry City in particular, so they are all just perfect preparation for Europe.

"Our league position is strong at the moment so that fills the group with confidence, and our fitness levels are very high so we feel we are in a good place."

Dundalk eased to a 3-0 home win against Waterford last week

While the Dundalk side appear to be in rude health ahead of the Oriel encounter, Perth has also left no stone unturned in relation to doing his homework on Wednesday’s visitors.

Riga, like Dundalk, are midway through their season and they also sit atop their league table, four points clear of second-placed RFS.

And Perth expects a very tough task in the opening leg, playing against a side full of international players, who will fancy their chances of taking the scalp of the seeded side in the fixture.

"From the homework we have done from the match analysis and from being over to see them play, it is very much in the balance. It is a fifty-fifty game," said Perth.

"We were a seeded side, so they would probably have looked for us or the team from Wales, as an opportunity to progress.

"They have spent a lot of money in the background and brought in players, so they are going to have a right cut off us.

"They are very physically strong, they will be a big, big strong side. We have watched four of their games live and done a huge amount of video work so the players are really well prepared.

"It is far from an easy draw. The attacking threat they have is as good as most, so we will have to be at our very, very best to get through this tie."

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