Sheriff Tiraspol holds onto lead

Sheriff Tiraspol holds onto lead

Sheriff Tiraspol is looking to protect their lead against BATE Borisov, as they eye to qualify in the playoffs of the Europa League qualifier. During their first leg, Sheriff was able to dominate BATE, having a 5-1 win, a dominating one. If BATE wants to overturn this result, they will need to climb a mountain to do so, since they are down by four goals. BATE can no longer afford to create mistakes in this match, or it will cost them to lose their shot for the playoffs. Meanwhile, for Sheriff, they only need to protect their goal lead in order to secure their spot. A qualification is not impossible for Sheriff, as they were able to establish themselves by having a huge lead. This meeting will be on August 18, 2023, at 2:00 AM (GMT+8), with BATE as hosts.

Sheriff Tiraspol

Europa League Qualifiers: Sheriff Tiraspol
Photo courtesy of EPA

Sheriff has been a surprise in Europe over the past years, which is evident with their result in the first leg. In fact, in 2021, they were able to defeat Real Madrid, in a 2-1 score line, helping them to reach the Round of 16. During the first leg, they were able to have a huge lead against BATE, which gives them a huge chance for the next round. It was a 5-1 win against BATE, which means they have a good chance for the next round. However, BATE is not an easy team, so if Sheriff wants to qualify for the next round, they need to protect that lead. A win in this match could bring Sheriff a spot in a major tournament for the third straight year. However, when it comes to away games, it seems like Sheriff is not doing well against BATE.

BATE Borisov

Europa League Qualifiers: BATE Borisov
Photo grabbed from Twitter (@FCBATE)

BATE’s 5-1 loss against Sheriff already ended all their hopes to qualify for the Europa League. However, although they are unlikely to survive, they remain optimistic of their chances in the contest. It was Sidi Bane in the 50th minute, but they were not able to add to that goal which cost them their loss. There are many concerns surrounding BATE, including the 11 goals they concede in the Champions League qualifiers. In fact, in their last three European qualifiers, they conceded 16 goals, which is not a good sign. Additionally, they have lost to three of their last four home games in Europe, so they cannot see it as advantage. Defense is BATE’s weakness, as they have been horrendous in that area, an area they need to improve.

Prediction:

Sheriff Tiraspol (2.5)
Odds: -0.84

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