Maribor vs Sheriff Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 20, 2022 20:15 CET
Maribor and Sheriff didn’t concede a single goal in the first round of Champions League qualifying, so one goal could make a big difference here.
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Maribor last appearance in the group stage of European competition was back in 2017. Everyone at the club believes it’s time to change that. Actually, it will be a real miracle if that isn’t the case. Maribor has a very good chance to play at least in the Europa League group stage in the fall, which would be a great result for them.
In the first round of the Champions League qualifying, Maribor eliminated Soligorsk. After there were no goals in first game in Slovenia, Maribor won the second leg by 2:0. Second leg was played in Turkey because continental football isn’t allowed in Belarus this season. Maribor used that as an advantage. They were in full control throughout entire game and deservedly advanced in next stage of competition.
After a big win in Turkey, head coach Radovan Karanovic decided to rest all starting players. In the opening round of the Slovenian League, he sent reserve players on the pitch and Maribor lost 3:0 against Radomlje. Karanovic decided to sacrifice that match in order to be fully prepared for the clash versus Sheriff, and we’ll see if it was the right move.
Sheriff made one of the biggest miracles in the Champions League history last season. First, they went through four rounds of qualifying, and then continued with shocking wins in the group stage. They beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2:0 in Moldova, and then went to Spain to celebrate against Real Madrid. Sheriff managed to finish third in their group where Inter was also, but then they were eliminated on penalties in the Europa League knockout stage by Braga.
After the end of amazing European adventure last season, that team were completely disbanded. All starting 11 players left the club, as well as head coach Yuri Vernydub. This is not a big news for Sheriff because they change a lot of players every season.
That they weren’t shaken by this moves, it was shown in the first round of Champions League qualifying. In two matches against Zrinjski, they were excellent defensively and didn’t concede a single goal. Maribor will certainly be a more difficult opponent than Bosnia and Herzegovina champions, but there is no doubt that Sheriff is able to eliminate them.
Maribor and Sheriff never played against each other in the past, so this will be their first clash.
All players are available for Maribor, while Iyayi Atiemwen is questionable for Sheriff.
Maribor vs. Sheriff Prediction
Sheriff was good defensively against Zrinjski, but they didn’t show anything in attack. They scored the only goal thanks to an own goal. Maribor is a better team than Zrinjski and if they don’t beat Sheriff on their pitch, it’s hard to believe that they will lose the match also. If there is a draw, the bet will be void.
Date and Time: 20.07.2022 20:15 CET
Pick: Maribor 0 (AH)