Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Maribor Prediction, Tips and Odds – Jul. 26, 2022, 19:00 CET
The second leg of the second round of Champions League qualification is scheduled for Tuesday. Sheriff from Tiraspol and Maribor drew 0-0 in the first game, so neither team enters the second game with an advantage.
The role of the favorite is on the side of the champion of Moldova, who was the absolute hit of this competition last summer, but the Slovenians won’t be carrying a white flag to this match.
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Last summer, the Sheriff players shocked the European football public by eliminating Crvena zvezda and Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League qualifiers. They managed to reach the group stage of the elite European competition, leaving more than a good impression there.
The team is now at a new beginning. The club management decided to make money, so they sold the best players of last season. Adama Traore was sold to the Ferencavaros, while Gustavo Dulanto moved to Riga. A few more players have changed clubs, so the Sheriff line-up is drastically different than last summer. In addition, Stjepan Tomas was appointed as the new coach, so this season we will see a completely different Tiraspol team.
This is particularly visible through efficiency. In the first three games in these qualifiers, they scored only one goal and did not concede a single one. Obviously, it takes some time for teammates to get to know and get used to each other. Most importantly, this team plays well in the defensive phase, which will surely bring them good results in the long run.
On the other hand, Maribor is the only Slovenian club that managed to go beyond the second qualifying stage in the last decade. No other representative managed to jump this hurdle.
In the previous round, they eliminated the Belarusian champion Shakhtyor Soligorsk and, like Sheriff, this team did not allow their opponents to score a single goal. However, the defensive line of the current champion of Slovenia showed its vulnerability in the domestic championship. At the start of the new campaign, Radomlje shocked Maribor with 3-0, while in the second round they conceded two goals, but defeated Gorica with 3-2.
The offensive part of the team is significantly weaker than last year. Ognjen Mudrinski, last season’s top scorer with 17 goals, left the team, while experienced Marcos Tavares retired. The team management has not found adequate reinforcements on the transfer market yet, so it is evident that Maribor is less dangerous compared to the previous competitive year.
This year’s qualifying matches will be the first meetings between Sheriff and Maribor.
Sheriff Tiraspol (4-3-3): Abalora; Guedes, Radeljic, Kiki, Kpozo; Badolo, Kyabou, Lushkja; Ouattara, Yansane, Pernambuco
Maribor (4-2-3-1): Bergsen; Guerrico, Watson, Mitrovic, Sikosek; Antolin, Repas; Zugelj, Kronaveter, Brnic; Baturina
Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Maribor Prediction
Even though Sheriff is very different from previous season in terms of its lineup, we think they have the advantage. Maribor has certain weaknesses at the beginning of the new campaign, which were especially visible in the domestic championship, and we believe that the champion of Moldova will use them and win this match.
Prediction: Sheriff Tiraspol To Win