On July 26, the return match of the second qualifying round of the Champions League “Sheriff” – “Maribor” will take place. The game starts at 20:00 Moscow time. Bookmakers in their forecasts give preference to the hosts: you can bet on the victory of Sheriff in bookmakers with odds of 1.67. The success of Maribor is estimated by analysts at 6.20. You can bet on a draw for 3.90.

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Bookmaker odds for the Champions League qualification match Sheriff vs Maribor on July 26, 2022

According to the bookmakers, the match will not be productive: you can bet on a total of less than 2.5 goals for 1.57, while on a total of more than 2.5 goals – for 2.42. A Sheriff goal is given a coefficient of 1.16, while a Maribor goal is estimated at 1.81. You can bet on “both teams to score” at bookmakers for 2.25.

Analysis and forecast for the second match of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League “Sheriff” – “Maribor” (26.07.2022)

On July 26 at 20:00, the whistle of the Hungarian referee Tomas Bognar, which will be heard over the Zimbru stadium in Chisinau, will announce the start of the second leg of the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Champion of Moldova “Sheriff” will fight for the next round with the champion of Slovenia – football club “Maribor”.

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Both clubs started in the Champions League from the first qualifying round. “Maribor” was frankly lucky with the draw – after all, the Belarusian “Shakhtar” is now experiencing a gaming crisis. Suffice it to say that the international team led by Russian Sergey Tashuev failed to even open the gates of Maribor in two matches.

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And if in the first meeting they managed to defend a goalless draw that gives hope for a continuation, then in the return match, which took place on a neutral field in Turkey, Maribor’s recruit, Croatian striker Roko Baturina, scored two unanswered goals. Let the opponent’s goalkeeper be thanked for one of them.

“Sheriff” had to fight with the champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina – football club “Zrinjski”. The rivalry with a team that reached the third qualifying round of the Europa League three years in a row turned out to be very tenacious and brought only one goal scored in 180 minutes. Fortunately for the Tiraspol fans, this goal was scored by the Bosnian team’s defensive midfielder Igor Savic.

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The first match between “Sheriff” and “Maribor”, which took place on the field of the champions of Slovenia, also turned out to be grassroots and ended with a score of 0:0. But “Maribor” should thank their goalkeeper Menno Bergsen and the dedication of the defense for the fact that the meeting did not end at least with a score of 2:0. Sheriff had an overwhelming advantage and had several great chances to open the opponent’s goal.

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The statistics of the first meeting speaks for itself. 55% possession, 6-2 on corners in favor of Sheriff, as well as 9-1 on shots and 6-1 on shots on target. All this is in favor of Sheriff, of course. It is not surprising that the bookmakers in the return match for two goals scored by the hosts give a relatively small odds – 1.92.

Unfortunately for Sheriff’s fans and players, the Moldavian champion will partially lose the support of home stands. For security reasons, the match will be held in Chisinau, which is located 80 kilometers from Tiraspol. Considering that the Sheriff stadium in Tiraspol gathered only 4242 spectators for the home match against Zrinjski, one should not expect that Zimbru from the capital will gather at least a fifth of its capacity of 10 thousand spectators.

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“Sheriff” in the off-season has been greatly updated, and this news is not something unique for the overly international composition of the Tiraspol club. Among the losses, one can single out the defender Gustavo Dulanto, the wingers Adam Traore, Pernambuco and Bruno, as well as the author of the goal against Real Madrid Jasurbek Yakhshiboev. The team was strengthened in the off-season by defender Heron, midfielder Steve Ambri, as well as wingers Abu Ouattara, Iyayi Atimwen and Rashid Akanbi.

But the most significant loss for Sheriff is the departure from the team of the main creator of last year’s European Cup fairy tale. Ukrainian coach Yuriy Vernidub returned to his homeland in early spring, and after that he headed the team from the Kryvbas UPL. Now Sheriff is being led to new heights by Croat Stepan Tomas, whose coaching career began in 2019 and includes three teams from the Turkish Championship – Antalyaspor, Rizespor and Göztepe.

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The new coach will have a very difficult task of building a team in the face of a significant renewal of the club’s roster. At the same time, Shakhtar has not played friendly matches since the start of the Champions League qualification, and before that it had only a few sparring matches with inferior Moldovan clubs. The Championship of Moldova has not started yet – the first round is scheduled only for the coming weekend.

At the same time, the Slovenian First League has already overcome the milestone of two rounds, which brought “Maribor” only three points. The defeat in the first round from the modest Radomlya can be attributed to the excessive self-confidence of the coach Radovan Karanovic, who put up an experimental squad. But in the second round, the mistakes were taken into account, and Maribor defeated Gorica in a spectacular match with a score of 3:2.

One of the goals in that meeting was scored by a rookie of the team. This is Roko Baturin, who transferred from Ferencváros, who, with a record of three goals in five official matches, replaces last season’s top scorer Ognjen Mudrinsky, who left Maribor. I must say, relatively successful.

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Unfortunately, looking at both teams does not give hope for a large number of goals scored. “Maribor” in European cups confidently plays in defense, while “Sheriff” has not played in attack. The new coach of the latter changed the tactical scheme, so the team will need time to get used to both new partners and new requirements.

By the number of goals scored for this match, we recommend going to the “bottom” – the total of less than 2.5 goals is estimated at 1.60. We will add another victory of the offender of Real Madrid and get a combined bet with a coefficient of 2.63. Nevertheless, the Moldovans looked much more preferable than “Maribor” in the first game.

Forecast and bet on the Champions League qualification match Sheriff – Maribor on July 26, 2022

The first match between the teams showed that Sheriff, although it lost a significant part of last year’s starting lineup with the coaching staff, still has significant potential and a noticeable playing advantage. With a victory in this meeting, he can secure a European Cup autumn, even if it is probably not the Champions League. But it is difficult to expect defeat from a match on a formally neutral field in Chisinau. It seems that the victory of “Sheriff” will be minimal.

Bid: Sheriff’s victory and total under 2.5 goals for 2.63.

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