Preview: Maribor vs. Sheriff Tiraspol – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Maribor and Sheriff Tiraspol, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

The second qualifying round for the 2022-23 season Champions League Campaign continues this week with Maribor set to greet Sheriff Tiraspol for their encounter in the first leg.

Both teams will come into this game with strong performances to give themselves the best possible start to the next game.

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Maribor showed great quality in the first round of qualifying as they proved resilient on defense to secure their place at this stage of the competition.

The Slovenian team were drawn against Soligorsk in this round and didn’t concede in either game, which should have given the squad a lot of confidence.

The first leg of this round saw Maribor play in front of their own fans, resulting in a goalless draw, but they backed down with a comfortable 2-0 win to give themselves a chance to qualify for the competition.

It was braces from the borrower Roco Baturina that secured them passage into this game as he currently plays for Ferencvaros’ club.

However, Maribor didn’t get the defense of their Slovenian title going after that win as they were beaten on the first day of the season they will be hoping for this time.

Sheriff Tiraspol's Sebastien Thill celebrates scoring his first goal with his teammates on October 19, 2021©Reuters

The visitors made history in Champions League last season by becoming the only Moldovan team in history to qualify through the group stage of the competition, which they aim to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

They managed to collect seven points this season, which proved their qualities as a team.

Sheriff Tiraspol got to this stage of the qualifying process by knocking out Zrinjski in the first round, but it was two hard-fought encounters that got them to this point.

Similar to their midweek opponents, the first leg of this round was a goalless draw but they narrowly won the following game 1-0.

However, Tiraspol has yet to score for themselves in the Champions League this year as it was an own goal Igor Savic this has gotten them to this point, which they now hope to improve.

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There is concern that a lack of goals this season after Maribor’s retirement could be a problem Marcos Tavareswho was the all-time top scorer for the club.

Baturina showed he could be able to close that gap this season after scoring a brace in the last Champions League game and he is sure to take the lead this week.

Iyayi Atiemwen was unable to play for the visitors in the last Champions League game as he sustained an injury in the previous game and that could see him eliminated again here.

The side’s experience from their European season is something they will likely draw on and a 4-3-3 formation should be implemented.

Maribor possible starting line-up:
mountains; Milec, Watson, Mitrovic, Sikosek; Repas, Makoumbou; Zugelj, Kronaveter, Bozic; Baturina

Sheriff Tiraspol possible starting line-up:
Abalora; Guedes, Kiki, Radeljic, Kpozo; Badolo, Kyabou, Lushkja; Yansane, Akanbi, Ouattara

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We say: Maribor 0-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

Both games played by these two sides in the previous round of the competition resulted in close encounters and there is no reason it should be any different.

Neither side has been free of goals so far, which will increase the pressure on the attacking players here, but the quality and European experience of the visitors could see them just ahead.

For data analysis of the most likely outcomes, goal scores and more for this game, please click here.

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