Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Real Madrid and Sheriff Tiraspol go head to head in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over Inter, and given their fine displays in La Liga, it is no wonder Carlo Ancelotti’s men are seen as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s clash. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Karim Benzema, while the likes of Bale, Carvajal, Ceballos, Kroos, Marcelo, and Mendy are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Sheriff, on the other hand, continue to impress in the elite competition, with the team beating Shakhtar Donetsk in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Real Madrid, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Alexandr Belousov remains in the recovery room, while fellow Moussa Kyabou is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
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.