Sherriff Tiraspol is set to host Maribor this week at Glavnaya Arena in the Champions League second-round qualifying fixture. Match day schedules for July 26 at 20:00 EAT.
Having failed to break down a dogged Maribor defense in the first leg of this game, Tuesday’s hosts will seek to turn their fortunes around in the second leg. Sherriff Tiraspol are yet to concede a goal in 2022-2023 Champions League qualifying, and stalemate in the first leg with Maribor did at least stretch their unbeaten run in all tournaments to 14 matches as they prepare to begin the defense of their 20th national title next weekend.
The Moldovan outfits could only post a 1-0 aggregate success against Bosnia-Herzegovina champions Zrinjski in round one, during which they labored to a goalless draw away from home in the first leg, and lightning struck twice against Maribor.
Meanwhile, their Slovenian counterparts will aim to stun their revered opponents to set up a third-round tie with either HJK Helsinki or Viktoria Plzen. Maribor already have three Champions League group-stage appearances to their name – the most recent of which came in 2017-18 – but something now has to give between two sides who still have their perfect defensive records intact.
The 3-2 PrvaLiga success to beat Gorica helped Maribor to consign their opening 3-0 loss to Radomlje to history, and as is the case with Sheriff, they also drew the opening leg of their first-round Champions League tie with Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0-0 before prevailing 2-0 in the second.
Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Maribor head to head
Tuesday’s fixture will be the second head to head encounter between Sheriff Tiraspol and Maribor since the first leg of this fixture.
- Maribor 0-0 Tiraspol 20/07/22
- Maribor 0-0 Tiraspol
- Tiraspol 1-0 Zrinjski Mostar
- Zrinjski Mostar 0-0 Tiraspol
- Sfintul G 0-1 Tiraspol
- Sfintul G 0-2 Tiraspol
- Maribor 3-2 Gorica
- Maribor 0-0 Tiraspol
- Maribor 0-3 Radomlje
- Soligorsk 0-2 Maribor
- Maribor 0-0 Soligorsk
Sheriff Tiraspol team news
Iyayi Atiemwen in the only injury concern for the hosts and he will be a doubt for this game.
Maribor team news
Azbe Jug, Aleks Pihler and Marko Bozic will be sidelined for this game through injuries.
Prediction and odds
The Wasps have not conceded once in their last five competitive fixtures while Maribor on the hand has been shut out in three of their last five fixtures, with a clean sheet of their own to boast off.
- Sheriff Tiraspol Win
- Goals under 2.5