Sheriff vs. Zrinjski Prediction, Tips & Odds – July 12, 2022 19:00 CET
After a goalless game in the first match, Sheriff and Zrinjski will have to play more bravely in order to advance to the next round of the Champions League qualifying.
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Last season, the Sheriff made a historic result. For the first time, they qualified for the Champions League group stage, and then they made several more sensations. First, they defeated Shakhtar, and then they shocked Real in Madrid with a 2:1 win. Their European adventure ended in the Europa League knockout round, and now they want to do it all again.
Compared to last season, the Sheriff squad has changed a lot. Almost all important players left the team including Giorgos Athanasiadis, Adama Traore, Bruno, Basit Khalid, Sebastien Thill, and Jasurbek Yakhshiboev. Head coach Yuriy Vernydub also left, so Sheriff enters this year’s European campaign with a new set of actors.
In the first game against Zrinjski last week, they were the better team on the pitch even though they didn’t take too many risks. The impression was that they want to go out undefeated, which means that they will play much more offensively in Moldova. Sheriff will try to leave a deep mark in European competitions again, so advancing in the second round of the Champions League qualifying is imperative.
Never in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina history has a team won the title in such a dominant way as Zrinjski last season. The club from Mostar achieved 26 wins from 33 games played, winning 84 points, with a goal difference +60. The second club on the table (Tuzla City) had 27 points less.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of few countries that have never had a representative in the group stage of European competitions. Zrinjski has a great desire to change that, and because of this, they kept all important players during the summer. Head coach Sergej Jakirovic also stayed, although many clubs in the region wanted to hire him. The best player of this team, Nemanja Bilbija, scored 33 goals in the Premier League last season and they expect a lot from him in this rematch.
Zrinjski played quite cautiously in the first game. Coach Jakirovic stated that they lacked more courage, but he believes in victory in Moldova. Zrinjski has the quality to make a surprise and qualify for the second round of the Champions League qualifying, but they will have to play at a highest possible level.
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UEFA Champions League 1 qualifying round:
Zrinjski 0:0 Sheriff Fc
Former Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora keeps first UEFA Champions League clean sheet. pic.twitter.com/NjSioIsXaX
These two teams played against each other for the first time last week when it was 0:0 in Mostar.
All players are available for Sheriff, while Slobodan Jakovljevic won’t play for Zrinjski.
Sheriff vs. Zrinjski Prediction
The only shot on target in the first match was seen in the last minute of the match. In such circumstances, it may be strange to bet on a large number of goals in the second leg, but there are a few reasons for that.
Sheriff will play completely differently in Moldova than in Mostar. This will leave a lot more space for Zrinjski and it’s not realistic to see another match without goals. Asian Handicap 2.0 is good because if exactly two goals are scored, the bet will be void.
Date and Time: 12.07.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Over 2.0 goals (asian handicap)