Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid
Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena.
Real Madrid will play Sheriff Tiraspol in the UEFA Champions League in Moldova with the hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
When Real Madrid takes on Sheriff Tiraspol on Wednesday night at the Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena, they will be attempting to qualify for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in the 2021/22 season.
With nine points from four games, Real Madrid now leads Group D.
They lead Inter Milan by two points and are three points ahead of their midweek opponents, who are in third position. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are on a seven-game undefeated run in all competitions, most recently thumping Granada 4-1 in La Liga, and a win on Wednesday would ensure safe passage to the next round.
Sheriff Tiraspol, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their unexpected success in Europe.
The Moldovan side overcame Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu in their first Champions League campaign, handing them their lone setback in the competition this season.
They have, however, lost their following two games against Inter Milan. Back-to-back victories against FC Zimbru (6-0) and FC Floresti (3-1) have them in good shape to face Madrid in this crucial tie .
A win for Yuriy Vernydub’s team would put Real Madrid’s knockout chances in jeopardy, especially if Inter Milan beats Shakhtar Donetsk in the other group game, making this a compelling match-up. The Hard Tackle takes a deeper look at both clubs ahead of their matchup from Tiraspol.
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid Head to head :
- The two teams did not have an opportunity to meet each other in the past.
- Their lone head to head encounter happened a couple of months ago when Sheriff Tiraspol celebrated a shocking 1-2 victory in Madrid.
- Real Madrid dominated the game and had as many as 30 attempts but Sheriff came up with a late 90th-minute winner on the occasion.
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid Predictions :
Sheriff Tiraspol, in our opinion, should have enough opportunities to break through this Real Madrid defense, albeit one goal may not be enough to prevent them from allowing a few at the opposite end.
As a result, we believe Real Madrid will win by a slender 1-2 margin after everything is said and done. Let’s see what happens.
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid Team News :
Gareth Bale (calf), Dani Ceballos (ankle), and Federico Valverde (knee) are all expected to miss out owing to injury, while Eden Hazard is a doubt due to sickness.
Ancelotti is unlikely to make many changes to his starting lineup, however Eder Militao, who would join Mendy, Dani Carvajal, and David Alaba in the back four, might be recalled ahead of Nacho.
Rodrygo is another player who will be looking to break into the starting XI, although Vinicius and Asensio are likely to stay on the flanks and assist superstar Karim Benzema in attack.
Lovro Bizjak is still out with a foot ailment, while Momo Yansane is questionable with a knock.
Gustavo Dulanto, the Peruvian captain, is expected to pair Danilo Arboleda in the center of the defense, while Sebastien Thill, who scored a dramatic 89th-minute victory at the Bernabeu, is expected to partner Edmund Addo in midfield.
Frank Castaneda and Bruno will battle it out for a spot on the left flank, while Adama Traore, who has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, will play on the right.
Sheriff Tiraspol possible starting lineup:
Athanasiadis; Fernando, Arboleda, Dulanto, Cristiano; Addo, Thill; Traore, Kolovos, Bruno; Yakhshiboev
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr