Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Stadion Maksimir when Dinamo Zagreb and Sheriff Tiraspol face each other in the Champions League playoffs, return leg. Dinamo suffered a shocking 3-0 loss in Moldova, meaning that the Croatian champions have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Yellow-Blacks. Defender Dino Peric suffered a serious injury in the first leg, with Francois Moubandje likely to step up.
The Moldovans, on the other hand, are on a quest to defend their big lead at Stadion Maksimir. The visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the decider, but preventing Dinamo Zagreb attackers, who represented Croatia at EURO 2020 finals, is easier said than done. The Blues are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they will defeat Sheriff Tiraspol in the second leg. Midfielder Frank Castaneda returns from suspension for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Kévin Théophile-Catherine):
Born in Saint-Brieuc, France, on October 28, 1989, Kevin Theophile-Catherine is a defender who plays for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Theophile-Catherine started his youth career at Rennes and he continued playing for les Rouges et Noirs at senior level.
After scoring two goals in 98 appearances for the club from 2009 to 2013, he moved to Cardiff City in the 2013/2014 season, signing a four-year contract with the Bluebirds. After ending his loan spell with Saint-Etienne, he signed a permanent deal with les Verts in 2015 for a fee of £1.5 million.
The Dinamo Zagreb footballer has one cap with France U21 team, while making four appearances for the U20 team. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of playing as both right and left back as well. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Dinamo Zagreb should expire on June 30, 2020. Theophile-Catherine made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in a 2-1 win over Osijek on August 17, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Sheriff Tiraspol):
Sheriff Tiraspol or simply Sheriff are the most successful Moldavian club. The club was founded in 1997 four years later (2000/2001) they won their first Moldovan National Division trophy. Over the years Sheriff Tiraspol have established themselves as the dominant force in the Moldovan football and you should that they won their 15th domestic trophy in the 2016/2017 season.
Sheriff were level on points with Dacia Chisinau, but thanks to a better goal difference Roberto Bordin’s men won the national championship. The Moldovan champions wear yellow shirts and yellow shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kits is black. Sheriff Tiraspol host their opponents at Sheriff Stadium in Tiraspol and the venue can hold 12.746 people.
By beating the likes of Dinamo Tirana and Dinamo Zagreb the Moldovan club did well to make it to the Champions League play-off round in the 2010/2011 season, but Basel eventually proved to be a big catch for them.