Shakhtyor vs Sfintul Gheorghe
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 27 August 2020
Kick-Off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Stroitel Stadion (Soligorsk)
The Miners were impressive in the last edition of the qualifying campaign. In the last season, they reached the third round where they had to face the mighty Torino. After a 5-0 away defeat they managed to draw the second leg here with both teams scoring a goal each. Compared to the competition they had last time, this will be much easier round one opponent.
For the team from Moldova, this will be the first European game in their 17-year history. In their previous domestic season, they finished second to qualify for the Europa qualifiers. But they were much inferior to the champions of Moldovan National Division in terms of points.
Shakhtyor vs Sfintul Gheorghe: Head-to-head (h2h)
- This will be the first time these two will meet in any competitive fixture.
Shakhtyor vs Sfintul Gheorghe: Prediction
The team based in Soligorsk has not lost at home in any Europa qualifying campaigns since the 2015-16 season. They showed great character to get at least a draw in all those home games. Even though they are coming into this game from an away loss in the domestic league, they have a much better squad on paper. Also, since the visitors have no experience in the European stage they will be in big trouble on Thursday.
In the majority of competitive home fixtures that the hosts played recently, the final score had more than 2.5 goals. We can see a similar trend in a few of the recent away games of Sfintul as well. The home team is known for a good attacking unit but they also possess one of the best defenses in their country.
In previous qualifying campaigns, they have a habit of keeping clean sheets also. On the other hand, the visiting side failed to score in two of their recent away matches in both Cup and league, both of which they suffered a defeat. So I am backing the match to have over 2.5 goals and only one team scoring them.
Shakhtyor vs Sfintul Gheorghe: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.67 (2/3).
Both teams to score: No @ 1.67 (2/3).