Who stays in the race for the Europa League group stage? Read our full betting prediction below!
As many as 93 teams will fight for the third round of the qualifying round of the European League season 2019/20 this week. With FK Partizani Tirana and the Fotbal Club Sheriff, two of them face each other on Thursday afternoon for the first leg at the Selman Stermasi Stadium in Tirana. Both teams were allowed in this season already ran in the first Champions League qualifying round, but failed and each meet again in the Europa League. Partizani, the reigning champions from Albania, is still waiting for the first participation in a group stage in European Cup.
Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol Football Betting Prediction
The record champion of the Republic of Moldova, Fotbal Club Sheriff, has already reached the group stage four times in the Europa League. The club from Tiraspol leads in the domestic league table after 15 matchdays again. The advantage over the first pursuer is currently nine points. In the match Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol speak the odds of bookmakers for a fairly balanced game. Also, the betting base can fix in the first leg no clear favorites and instead places in the game Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol her tip on “Under 2.5 goals”.
In the 2018/19 season FK Partizani Tirana was finally able to win a championship title in the domestic top division after a long dry spell of 26 years. In the end, the FK secured first place with an advantage of eleven points on Kukesi. 42 of his 70 points brought the club from Tirana thereby at home scenery.
In the Kategoria Superiore, in which a total of ten teams participate, the score of Partizani stood after the last round of play in 20 wins, ten draws and six defeats. With the 16 championship title the FKPT remains the number three in Albania behind KF Tirana and Dinamo Tirana. The FK won the Albanian Cup 15 times and is here the number two behind KF Tirana, who have one more title on their account. However, the last cup success of Partizani comes from the year 2004.
Since 2015/16, the club was allowed to participate in the European Cup every season. Four times already followed the end in the first European League qualifying round. 2016/17 was the most successful season of the Albanians. Here Tirana came in the Champions League qualification to the third round, but failed there to Red Bull Salzburg. Then it continued in the same season in the Europa League, where they missed the group stage in the play-offs against Krasnodar.
As a champion, the team was allowed to run this season from the first round in the premier class. Here Tirana met the master from Azerbaijan, Qarabag Agdam. The first leg in Albania ended 0-0. While the guests made more pressure, the goalkeeping ratio spoke in the end with 4: 2 for the hosts. In the return match in Agdam the FK had to bury after a 0-2 defeat his Champions League ambitions for this year. The away balance of Partizani in the European Cup is now in three draws and 26 defeats. Tirana has been coached by the Italian Franco Lerda since June. He became the successor of Master Skender Gega, who had given up his post for personal reasons at the “Morrat e Kuq”. The league season in Albania begins in August.
Expected formation of Partizani Tirana:
➤ Hoxha – Ibrahimi, Bitri, Belica, Hakaj – Mala, Telushi, Cordeiro – Asani, Solomon, Cinari
Last matches of Partizani Tirana:
⚽️ 17.07.2019 – Qarabag Agdam Vs. Partizani Tirana 2: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 10.07.2019 – Partizani Tirana vs. Qarabag Agdam 0: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 02.07.2019 – Cracovia Krakow vs. Partizani Tirana 0: 1 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 26.06.2019 – Mura Vs. Partizani Tirana 2: 1 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 30.05.2019 – Gjirokastra Vs. Partizani Tirana 1: 1 (Superleague)
Like FK Partizani, Sheriff Tiraspol was allowed to try their hand in the Champions League qualifying this season. Opponent in the first round was the Georgian champion Saburtalo Tbilisi. Already after the first leg in Tiraspol the duel seemed decided. Tbilisi won the match 3-0 away. The Moldovan champion, however, still believed in his chances and equalized the result from the first leg in the second leg in Georgia after eleven minutes. Thus, the game started again from minute twelve. The game was decided in the end with the winner of Saburtalo in the 59th minute, which was the 1: 3 home defeat to progress. Thus, the FC Sheriff must continue to play in the Europa League.
In the 2018 season, the “wasps” secured the 17th national championship title. This makes Sheriff the clear record champion in Moldova. Since 2001, only two other clubs have won the championship of the Diviza Nationala. In addition, there are ten cup wins for Tiraspol. The club is named after Sheriff, the largest company in Transnistria.
In this league season in Moldova are currently completed 15 games. With 13 wins and two draws, the series champion leads the table again this season. The first pursuer Suruceni is nine points behind. The league completed the last matchday at the end of June. Here Sheriff won at home 3-0 against Speranta. Currently, the league is taking a little summer break, ending on the first weekend of August. Then it continues for the leaders with a home game against Zimbru.
In the European Cup, FC have already qualified four times for the group stage of the Europa League: 2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14 and 2017/18. So far, however, it was never enough for the sixteenth finals. In the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, the FCS was also just before the Champions League group stage, but missed them each in the playoffs. Since the end of April, the team has been trained by Croatian Zoran Zekic. He succeeded his compatriot Goran Sablic. Sablic himself resigned from office on April 27, 2019. Zekic had already looked after the club in the season 2014/15 and brought Sheriff the national double. Palcic has to suspend after his yellow-red card in the CL second leg against Tbilisi.
Expected formation of Sheriff Tiraspol:
➤ Mikulic – Cristiano, Muzek, N’Diaye, Jach – Kendysh, Anton, Hordiienko – Latifi, Tambe, Boban
Last matches of Sheriff Tiraspol:
⚽️ 16.07.2019 – Saburtalo Vs. Sheriff Tiraspol 1: 3 (Champions League)
⚽️ 10.07.2019 – Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Saburtalo 0: 3 (Champions League)
⚽️ 05.07.2019 – Sireţi Vs. Sheriff Tiraspol 0:15 (Cup)
⚽️ 29.06.2019 – Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Speranţa Nisporeni 3: 0 (National Division)
⚽️ 25.06.2019 – Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Sireţi 12: 0 (Cup)
Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol Direct Comparison
Both clubs play for the first time against each other on Thursday. In the season 2017/18 Tiraspol met with FK Kukesi last time on a club from Albania. At that time, Sheriff prevailed in two games (1: 0, 1: 2) due to the away goals.
Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol Our Best Betting Prediction
After Tiraspol almost made the sensation in the Champions League qualifiers and a 0-3 home defeat from the first leg almost caught up, the Moldovan champion wants now in the Europa League group stage. When it comes to “match practice”, the guests of course have advantages, as they have completed 15 games this season. But looking at the UEFA five-year standings, the Albanian league and the Moldovan league do not take much. For more than two games, the Moldovans are likely to play as easy favorites. In the first leg but still the home advantage of the Albanians to bear. Thus, we avoid Partizani Tirana in the duel. Sheriff Tiraspol a prediction on the game outcome.
Key facts – Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol tips
🔻 Partizani Tirana was in the preseason for the first time after 26 years again Albanian champion
🔻 Sheriff Tiraspol has won 16 league titles in Moldova for the last 18 seasons
🔻 Both clubs never met each other
We believe that viewers will not see many goals in the game. In seven of the last eight games of the Europa League Tirana remained without their own goal. The bet “Under 2.5 Goals” would also have been successful in six of Partizani’s last eight EL games. Thus, we set against Partizani Tirana in the duel. Sheriff Tiraspol our tip on “Under 2.5 goals”.
Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals