Sheriff and Saburtalo meet at Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Saburtalo presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of taking advantage of the home advantage to achieve a positive result. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Sireţi by (0-15). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, the Sheriff won 9 and lost 1. The defense has been strong and has only had goals in 1 of the last 10 matches, and his attack has scored frequently, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
The Sheriff is the team with the most titles in the history of Moldova and, once again, is present in the Champions League. It is true that he has never reached the group stage, but he is struggling to change that. So he comes to this match to win the victory, to take an advantage to the return game. This is important because he has to act away from his domains in that duel and that is why his life will be a bit more difficult. Therefore, I expect to have a very good performance, in the current phase and in the other phases that I managed to dispute. In this match the best players will be available.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 13 matches they register 3 wins and 4 losses in away matches; against 5 wins and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a loss outside with Terek Grozny by (2-1). In the last 3 away matches for all competitions, Saburtalo won 2 and lost 1.
By winning the Georgia national title for the first time last season, Saburtalo gained access to this phase of the Champions League. Of course here the difficulty is much greater and the chances of being eliminated already in the first qualifying phase are great. However, this is exactly what you will try to avoid, because you want to at least get to the next stage. In this way, despite playing away from home, he comes to this game with a desire to win, as he knows that having an advantage is essential to face the second leg with more tranquility. In this match the best players will be available.