Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Stadionul Sheriff will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Sheriff Tiraspol and AS Roma. The Giallorossi are brimming with confidence following a 7-0 win over Empoli where Paulo Dybala scored a brace on his return from injury. With summer signing Romelu Lukaku finding his goalscoring touch as well, away win should be considered. Both Daniel Maldini and Elie Caprile are out of contention with injuries for the visiting team.
The Moldovans, on the other hand, rolled over Floresti 5-1 in their last league match, but they face an uphill task against the Europa League title hopefuls. AS Roma are more of a team than Sheriff Tiraspol and we predict that Jose Mourinho’s troops are going to showcase their worth on the field. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Albania international Mohamed Talal, who has already netted three goals in the national championship this term.
Highlighted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age.
Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment.
Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
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.