Qarabag vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Bahramov Stadium (Baku).
Qarabag will take motivation from their strong home record when they host Moldova’s most successful club Sheriff Tiraspol for the Champions League third round qualification tie.
The Azerbaijan club brushed aside Georgian club Samtredia in the second round on a 6-0 aggregate. The tie was killed off the first leg at home itself, as Qarabag put 5 goals in their opponents net.
Qarabag had a poor pre-season, suffering defeats in all the four warm-up games. They was no lack of sharpness once they got back to competitive games. They have now extended their unbeaten run in Champions League qualifiers to 7 games. Also, their defensive record at the competitive is commendable, after keeping 7 clean sheets in the last 10 matches.
Sheriff Tiraspol survived a big scare in the second leg qualifiers against Albanian minnows Kukesi. They only edged a narrow win on away goal rule after losing the second leg in Albania by a 2-1 margin.
The Moldovan had lost in each of their last three away games in the Champions League qualifiers, conceding a minimum 2 goals. Their chances to get a result in Azerbaijan is quite low.
Qarabag vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Head-to-head
This will be the first competitive meeting between Qarabag and Sheriff Tiraspol.
Qarabag vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Prediction
It is a solid defense that often help Qarabag to see-off their toughest opponents. Since 2015/16 season, they kept 9 clean sheets from 13 UEFA matches. Sorting it down to qualifiers in Champions and Europa League, it is 6 clean sheets in 7 games.
Therefore, Sheriff Tiraspol is expected to duck out here. And Qarabag emerge as strong favourites to win this one.
Qarabag vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Bet Tips
Our main pick if Under 2.5 goals for 1.60 odds by Bet365.
Correct FT Score 2-0 in favour for the home side priced at 6.50 odds by Betway.