Sheriff Tiraspol vs Shakhtar Donetsk: prediction for the Champions League fixture
On September 15, Sheriff Tiraspol take on Shakhtar Donetsk in their first Champions League game. What to expect from the opponents? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Sheriff Tiraspolhave claimed the Moldovan National Division champions title 19 times, and have won the Moldovan Cup nine times. Last season, Sheriff earned their ticket to the Champions League qualifiers. In four qualifying rounds, Sheriff outplayed Teuta Durrës (2:0 on aggregate), Alashkert (4:1), Crvena Zvezda (2:1), and Dynamo Zagreb (3:0).
After five rounds of the Moldovan National Division, the Yellow-Blacks have 4 victories and 12 points, which puts them on the fourth line in the table. On average, Sheriff have scored three goals per game this season. In the last two fixtures, Yuriy Vernydub's men defeated Balti (2:0) and Petrocub (2:0).
The Champions League newcomers will be without Moussa Kyabou and Lovro Bizjak.
Shakhtar Donetsk have won the Ukrainian Premier League and the Ukrainian Cup 13 times each. Last season they were left without trophies, however, they delivered a successful performance in Europe, reaching the playoffs of the Champions League.
The Miners faced Genk in the first qualifying round of the 2021/2022 Champions League and defeated them in both fixtures with the same score of 2:1. In the qualifications final, the Orange-Blacks knocked Monaco out of the competition (3:2 on aggregate).
After seven rounds in the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar are second in the table, losing three points to Dynamo Kyiv. In the last two rounds, the Miners drew with FC Minaj (1:1) and won over SC Dnipro-1 (2:0).
Anatolii Trubin has a knee injury. Júnior Moraes is a doubt.
Shakhtar won 4 of their last 5 away games.
This bet played in 2 of the last 4 games of Shakhtar.
In 3 of Shakhtar's last 5 games, goals were scored in both halves.
In 3 of the last 4 games of Shakhtar, this bet played.
Sheriff have already created a sensation by getting into the group stage of the Champions League. They will regard a draw in their first Champions League game ever as a success. For Shakhtar this game is an opportunity to secure easy three points before facing more difficult opponents. The Miners should win here.
Our prediction - Shakhtar to win
Shakhtar Donetsk are much more experienced and look stronger in all lines. We suggest playing the Miners' victory by 2 goals.
Second wager — Shakhtar to win by 2 goals