Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Maribor and Sheriff Tiraspol take on each other at Ljudski vrt in the Champions League second qualifying round, first leg. Maribor did well to eliminate Shakhtyor Soligorsk in round 1, but they were totally outplayed by Radomlje (0-3) in the domestic season opener. The Violets aim to make amends for the shocking loss, but they will have a big fish to fry in Wednesday’s clash. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Croatia international Roko Baturina, who scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Shakhtyor.
The Moldovan champions, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zrinjski to set up a meeting with Maribor in the second qualifying round. Sheriff impressed in the Champions League last term, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Keep in mind that Sheriff chiefs sold several important first-team regulars in the summer transfer window.