Zrinjski will take on Sheriff Tiraspol during the first leg in round 16 of UEFA Champions League qualification. The match will take place at
Zrinjski has regained his title as the best team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Nobles”, rightfully, is considered the best club of the country. It was difficult to rise again after 2018, and it wasn’t possible for Nobles to become the vice-champion. Last season, however, the 1st spot was won with complete dominance. There was only one defeat in 33 matches and Tuzla City held the lead by 27 points. There will also be a return of European competition. Since 2020, the Bosnians have not been to the Europa League. They passed Olympia and Differdange in the Europa League qualification. But then, they lost in the penalty shootout against APOEL. Zrinjski was “rested” last summer in terms of international performances. Last season,
Sheriff Tiraspol set a new standard. The Wasps are not only the most powerful club in Moldova, but they also represent modern football in their country. It could be compared with PSG, whose domestic champion is taken as a given and every case where someone else won the gold was a big sensation. However, the Europa League group stage was the most successful European competition. They were able to defeat Teuta (Zagreb), Alashkert and Crvena Zvezda in succession during qualifying. Shakhtar and Real Madrid were also defeated by the debutant in the Champions League group stage. The debutant eventually took 3rd place. Sheriff beat Braga to reach the Europa League playoffs, but he was defeated in the second leg. This was all under Vernydub. It is unclear how Thomas, the new mentor, will be perceived by the Ukrainian.
The teams have been active in European competitions but they have never met each other before. Although experts consider Sheriff the favorite, they should not forget that this match will be the start to the season for both clubs after a break of about a month. They will not play spectacular football in these conditions. We bet on “total below 2.5 goals”.
prediction for the match: Below 2.5 goals.