Sheriff Tiraspol vs Qarabag FK
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 1st August 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadionul Sheriff (Tiraspol).
Qarabag have everything to play for in the second leg after failing to trouble Sheriff Tiraspol in the first leg of the tie.
Despite having plenty of possession, the Azerbaijan champions couldn’t make use of the chances that came in their way and settled for a 0-0 draw in front of their home fans. They had 17 shots on goal and only 3 hit the target. Meantime, it was quite clear that Sheriff Tiraspol came to the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium to park the bus. The visitors showed no intent in going forward and created just three chances in the game.
Sheriff Tiraspol defeated Albanian outfit Kukesi on away goal rule in the previous round. The match was ties 2-2 on aggregate with Sheriff winning 1-0 at home before the 2-1 defeat away at Albania.
The victory against Kukesi is their only win in 7 qualifying fixtures. However, they are unbeaten in 4 home games in the competition with 2 wins and 2 draws. Also, they kept clean sheets in all four matches.
Qarabag normally see-off the qualifying fixtures on the back of home wins. This time, they have to do this the other way around. To their aid is a strong defense that conceded 3 goals from the last 11 fixtures in the competition. Also, they are unbeaten in 8 qualifying matches.
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Qarabag: Head-to-head
The first leg of the corresponding tie that finished 0-0 at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium is the lone competitive meeting between the two sides.
They also met in a friendly in 2014, which also ended in a goal-less stalemate.
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Qarabag: Prediction
This could be a tight contest with both teams built on the basement of strong defensive platforms. Yet, Qarabag remains slight favourites to progress mainly on the back of their experience in negotiating similar situations.