Sheriff vs AIK
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Sheriff’s reaction to that… hard to believe 0-3 defeat to Saburtalo at home, in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie, makes that crazy result even harder to… accept. A week later, the Tiraspol side went 0-3 up in Georgia, but ended up getting eliminated, despite winning 1-3. They picked their pieces up, they eliminated Partizani Tirana in the Europa League second qualifying round, and last weekend they beat Zimbru as well, 3-0, in the restart of the championship in Moldova. Not only they are leading there, but they are 11 whole points ahead of their closest rivals, having practically secured yet another championship title. So, what happened in that home game against Saburtalo? A… black hole, hard to explain even today, four weeks later.
That was harsh… A week after losing 2-1 at Maribor, AIK hosted the Slovenian side, and not only they managed to match the result of the first leg, but they also took a two-goal lead early in extra-time. Their dream of reaching the Champions League third qualifying round was shuttered in the 117th minute, when Maribor scored. The Slovenes qualified, despite losing 3-2. You can imagine how things were at the stadium after the final whistle… Four goals scored in two matches were not enough for AIK to qualify. The… signs were there, though; they had conceded three goals to Ararat-Armenia in two games in the first qualifying round, looking vulnerable defensively. Back then, they were… saved by their productive offence; against Maribor, the away-goal rule doomed them. Unlike Sheriff, they didn’t play last weekend. It’s worth mentioning that they have won five of their last six matches in all competitions. Their only defeat was that 2-1 in Slovenia.
Previous five matches:
Sheriff vs Zimbru 3-0
Sheriff vs Partizani 1-1
Partizani Tirana vs Sheriff Tiraspol 0-1
Saburtalo vs Sheriff Tiraspol 1-3
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Saburtalo 0-3
AIK vs Maribor 3-2
Sirius vs AIK 0-2
Maribor vs AIK 2-1
AIK vs Helsingborg 2-0
AIK vs Ararat-Armenia 3-1
Sheriff’s next game is at Dinamo-Auto the coming weekend (Moldova championship). AIK will be visiting AFC Eskilstuna on Sunday (Sweden championship).
Sheriff vs AIK: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Sheriff vs AIK: Prediction
AIK are given a slight advantage to win the game. I would avoid betting on them, thinking that betting on goals in this game is less risky.
Sheriff vs AIK: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals”, at 2.35, is a bet I like in this match, keeping in mind how AIK’s four previous matches in these qualifiers have gone. Combined with “both teams to score” it pays better, 2.70.