FC Sheriff Tiraspol Vs FC Viktoria Plzen Match Review
July 31, 2022 Sports Betting
During their matchup on Tuesday in the qualifying third round first leg at the Zimbru Stadium, Sheriff Tiraspol and Viktoria Plzen will both be looking to advance further into the Champions League group stages.
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FC Sheriff Tiraspol Vs FC Viktoria Plzen Tips and Prediction
In the second round of Champions League qualifying, Sheriff Tiraspol experienced history repeating itself as they needed just one goal to upset Maribor in the second leg after a scoreless draw in the first leg.
The Moldovan champions, who drew the first leg away from home and overcame Zrinjski in the first qualifying round, continued their outstanding run of defensive tenacity to advance.
After going four games in the Champions League without conceding a goal this campaign, Stjepan Tomas’ squad was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Zimbru on Saturday, when their defense was breached.
The 2021–22 group stage competitors can boast eight wins from their last 10 Champions League home matches, losing only to Real Madrid and Inter Milan during that span. Nevertheless, that stalemate extended Sheriff’s unbeaten streak in all tournaments to a staggering 16 matches.
Sheriff Tiraspol struggled to show a feeling of ruthlessness in their matchup with Maribor, but there was no sign of frivolity when Viktoria Plzen hosted HJK; the Czech powerhouses easily advanced by hitting the Finnish champions for five.
With a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, Michal Bilek’s team scored three of their five goals in the first half of the second leg, with Jan Sykora scoring a brace and both center-backs contributing a goal each.
Viktoria Plzen also began their league campaign with a tie at the weekend, playing out a 2-2 draw away to Teplice, just like their next third-round opponents, which means they are already playing catch-up in the fight to protect their crown.
Plzen has participated in the Champions League group stage three times, but they were unable to qualify for the Europa Conference League in 2021–22, so Belik’s team is not eager to see their European adventure come to an early stop here.
We may anticipate the tenacious Moldovans holding on for a first-leg draw because both teams may be a little tired after returning to league play at the weekend and Plzen were quite fortunate to even come away with a point in their encounter.