Sheriff vs Shkendija
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena, Tiraspol.
Sheriff annulled the one-goal deficit in the previous round when they saw off Georgian Torpedo Kutaisi 3-0 in the rematch on the home soil.
Can they repeat such scenario on Tuesday when they are once again to chase rivals’ advantage?
The job should, however, be somewhat tougher this time around as the Moldovans failed to find the back of the net in the first game and they’ll be up against a stronger opposition in the likes of Macedonian champions.
Overall, it was an open affair which could have gone either way seven days ago at Telekom Arena in Skopje.
Eventually, it was Besart Ibraimi’s goal from midway through the first half what made the difference as Kostadin Zahov enjoyed a strong display successfully defending Shkendija’s goal.
Sheriff vs Shkendija: Head-to-head
The two teams are heading towards their second head to head encounter here.
The first one saw an open match which brought only a single goal, scored 24 minutes into the game from Besart Ibraimi.
Sheriff vs Shkendija: Prediction
Shkendija had an enormous five-goal cushion against The New Saints, but almost dropped it all out losing 4-0 in the reverse fixture on the Welsh soil. They only have a one-goal edge this time out and Qatip Osmani’s men will have to be much more careful against a stronger opposition.
Sheriff have a much greater European experience and they featured Europa League group phase last year. Shkendija, on the other side, only played Champions League once in the past, back in 2011. They fell to Partizan 0-5 on aggregate then.
Whilst Macedonian football has generally improved significantly ever since such humiliating elimination, it’s really hard to expect Shkendija do much in such an important affair against a much more experienced opposition.
The home win should be a banker at 1.61, while braver tipsters can also try with Sheriff to win by two or more goals difference at 2.65.
Sheriff vs Shkendija: Bet Tips
Sheriff to win @ 1.61
Sheriff -1.5 handicap @ 2.65.