Sheriff Tiraspol will take on Zrinjski in round 16 of UEFA Champions League qualification. First leg result: 0-0. The match will take place at Sheriff small Arena (Tiraspol) on Tuesday, July 12. The highest standard was set by
Sheriff one year ago. The “Yellow-Blacks”, the strongest team in the Moldavian championship, were and are still the best. It won the national “gold” in the spring. It also won the 11th Cup of Russia. Yuriy Vernidub was the leader of the team, which achieved the most success in the Champions League a year earlier. The Moldovans, without local players, were able qualify for the group stage and eliminated Dynamo (Zagreb) and Crvena Zvezda. The debutant won 4 points with Shakhtar, and even beat Real Madrid in Madrid. This was enough to move from third place in the playoffs for the Europa League. The “wasps” beat Braga in that match, but the Portuguese won the final game. Stepan Tomas made his debut in Bosnia on Wednesday as the new coach.
Zrinjski won the spring championship. The “Nobles”, unlike the Sheriff of Moldova, do not enjoy the same status as the Sheriff in their country. It is still possible to win another trophy quite often. The results of the previous draw showed that it was possible for the representative from Mostar to return to the first place. This is the 7th title in the championship. The Bosnians are able to start in European competition quite often. They were not able to draw in the last draw. However, Zrinjski was successful in 2020 and passed Differdange in qualification for the Europa League. Even with APOEL, it proved to be a struggle and the aggregate score was 2-2. Only in the penalty shootout did Cypriots get further. The Bosnians started cautiously in the new cycle. It is no surprise that everything in Mostar ended in a draw.
Sheriff has been active in international affairs. They have even played in Bosnia. They played last week for the first time with Zrinski. Although Sheriff is weaker than last year, they still have to face Zrinski at home. We bet on the win of the champion from Moldova.
Prediction: Sheriff to win.