Sheriff vs Qarabag Preview and Predictions

Sheriff vs Qarabag
2018/19 Europa League Play-off (1st Leg)
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK
Venue: Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena (Tiraspol).

In the Europa League playoffs, Sheriff and Qarabag are going to face each other in the first leg clash for the place in the group stage.

Sheriff Tiraspol have a bit disappointing campaign in the continental competitions as they got eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers by FYR Macedonian side Shkendija. They were also unconvincing in their tie against Valur, however Goran Sablic’s side managed to find the way through thanks to an away goal.

The Macedonians are sitting on the top spot in the national championship and they are four points ahead of the closest rivals after 16 rounds played. They have been pretty efficient, however they are having some troubles in finding the back of the oppositions’ net lately.

Qarabag have also been unsuccessful in the Champions League qualifiers after being eliminated by BATE in the third round.

They started their campaign from the first step where they knocked out Montenegrin champions Sutjeska.

The visitors were better than Kukesi as well, but their home defeat against Belarusian champions costed them the place in the playoffs for the Champions League group stage.

Mahir Madatov and the lads stared their domestic campaign pretty well after celebrating an away 2-0 victory.

Sheriff vs Qarabag: Head-to-head

These two sides faced each other three times and after two opening draws, Qarabag celebrated an away victory a year ago. Except that clash, the other two were pretty tight and inefficient ones as they ended with goalless draws.

Sheriff vs Qarabag: Prediction

Another tight clash in expected between these two sides and although Moldavian side is playing in front of the home crowd, Qarabag are more than capable of remaining undefeated. It wouldn’t be surprising if this one ends with a draw as well.

Both teams have been involved in low scoring matches lately and we shouldn’t expect to see goal galore in this one. The main battle is going to be fought in the middle of the park which will cause the clash to remain under 2.5 margin.

Sheriff vs Qarabag: Bet Tips

  • Full time resulted in a Draw @ 19/10 (2.90)
  • Under 2.5 goals @ 4/9 (1.44).