Champions League Betting Tips

Zrinjski Mostar vs Sheriff Tiraspol betting tips: Champions League First Qualifying Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds

FC Sheriff Tiraspol to win is 6/5.

FC Sheriff Tiraspol to win and over 2.5 goals is 9/5. 

Match preview

FC Sheriff stunned the world last season, so are hoping for an equally memorable European adventure this year too.

Last season, the Yellow-Blacks became the first Moldovan club ever to reach the Champions League group stages.

Once there, they made global headlines by beating eventually champions Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabéu; Sébastien Thill with a stunning stoppage time volley.

This helped Sheriff reach the Europa League round of 32 where their 16-match adventure was eventually ended by Braga in a penalty shootout.

This was the Transnistrian side's first group phase of any kind since 2017, but they have got through 12 of their last 23 qualifying ties.

Given that FC Sheriff have won 20 of the last 22 Divizia Națională titles, European success is certainly their primary focus.

In this tie, HŠK Zrinjski Mostar are big underdogs; they won their seventh Bosnian title last season and first since 2018.

In Europe, the Noblemen have never got past the third qualifying round, falling at that hurdle in 2010, 2018, 2019 and again in 2020.

If they harbour any hopes of an upset in this tie, the first leg at Stadion pod Bijelim Brijegom is surely must win.

Whoever prevails in this tie will take on Maribor or Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the second round of Champions League qualification.

The losers drop down to the Europa Conference League second qualifying round where the losers of Tirana vs Dudelange await.

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