Pyunik Yerevan take on the visitors Sheriff Tiraspol in the first leg of UEFA Europa League qualification finals. The match will be played on Thursday, August 18th at Republican Stadium (Yerevan).
Pyunik performed well this summer. The "Academy" regained the status of the strongest club in the country. In the spring, it turned out to return to the 1st place - this has not happened since 2015. That success helped to start again in the Champions League. There, twice the Armenians were a kind of "phoenix", they twice passed the opponents at the moment when they were about to be relegated. First, after 0-0 at home, Yeghishe Melikyan's wards were inferior in Cluj both in regular and extra time, and eventually knocked out CFR in a penalty shootout. With Dudelange there was a home defeat at home, and in Luxembourg the hosts scored first. But the visitors from the Caucasus managed to answer with their 4 goals. And only with Crvena Zvezda nothing happened at all: 0-7 on the aggregate in 2 matches.
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Sheriff failed to repeat last year's success. The Black and Yellows will remember 2021 for a long time. Then it turned out to debut first in the group stage of the Champions League, and then in the playoffs of the Europa League. But this was under the previous mentor, and we already have to admit that Thomas could not repeat the achievements of Vernydub. At the very least, it turned out to pass the first 2 rivals in the current qualification. Moreover, both against Zrinjski and Maribor they kept a goalless draw on the road, and then they tortured the only goal at home. But then there was Viktoria Plzen, and it was no longer possible to catch on with her even in Chisinau for a draw - the guests won 2-1. And then repeated the same result at home. True, there was a moment when the champion of Moldova equalized the score. And if it had been possible to score 1 more goal... but instead, they conceded in attack of the hosts.
Back in 2006, the parties played, and just in the qualification, but the Champions League. Then Sheriff did better: 0-0 away, 2-0 at home. Both clubs will try to succeed but will keep the return leg in mind. So you should use the offer with " under 2.5 goals"
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.