Sheriff vs. Viktoria Plzen Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 02, 2022 19:00 CET
Sheriff worked wonders in the Champions League last year and now they are getting closer and closer to another appearance in the group stage.
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Sheriff made a historic result last season. For the first time in club’s history, they reached group stage in the Champions League. Not only they get there, but they produced some sensational results. First, they beat Shakthar Donetsk 2:0 at home, and then they went to Madrid and defeated Real 2:1.
That win in Madrid is one of the biggest surprises in the Champions League history. In the end, Sheriff finished group stage in third place. They were eliminated by Braga in the Europa League knockout stage after penalty shootout. Between two seasons, almost entire team and head coach are changed. Regardless of that, target is still identical. Sheriff wants to play in the Champions League group stage once again.
To get there, Sheriff will have to eliminate two more opponents. In the previous two rounds, they were better than Zrinjski and Maribor, but Viktoria Plzen will be a much tougher opponent. The good thing for Sheriff is that they haven’t conceded a single goal in four games so far. Defense is functioning very well, which is a prerequisite for success.
After three disastrous seasons in Europe, Viktoria Plzen is returning to the big stage. In previous three years, they were eliminated every time in qualifying for European competitions. Now, Plzen will play in group stage for the first time since 2018, it just remains to be seen in which competition. Normally, everyone in the club wants Champions League games from September to November.
Plzen ended three-year dominance of Slavia Prague in Czech Republic last season. The most responsible for such a thing is head coach Michael Bilek and his first assistant Pavel Horvath, the greatest legend in Plzen history. During this summer, they strengthened squad with several few players and first goal is achieved. In the last qualifying round, they eliminated HJK Helsinki with two wins and now they will try to do the same against Sheriff.
Knowing coach Bilek philosophy, Plzen will allow Sheriff to have more possession and wait for chances from counter attack. They showed in both matches against HJK how dangerous they are in such situations, and there will certainly be opportunites to score in Moldova.
Sheriff and Viktoria Plzen never played against each other in the past, so this will be their first encounter.
Regi Lushkja is suspended and won’t play for Sheriff. Filip Kasa is only unavailable player for Plzen due to injury.
Sheriff vs. Viktoria Plzen Prediction
Looking at performance in the Champions League qualifying so far, Viktoria Plzen has shown more than Sheriff. The Moldovan team doesn’t have particularly loud support from stands, so it won’t be hot atmosphere for the visitors. It’s time for Sheriff to concede at least one goal, and it won’t be big surprise if Plzen scores two or more goals here.
Date and Time: 02.08.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Viktoria Plzen +0 (AH)