Sheriff Tiraspol v Shakhtar: Good price for European regulars to beat minnows

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Sheriff are making their debut in the Champions League group stage and Dan Fitch thinks Shakhtar's experience will prove too much for them.

"When you consider that Shakhtar won their away legs against Genk and Monaco during the qualification process, their odds look pretty generous."

Back Shakhtar to beat Sheriff at 1.9110/11

Sheriff Tiraspol 4.77/2 v Shakhtar Donetsk 1.9110/11; The Draw 3.65
Wednesday 15 September, 17:45
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Sheriff have made history

It's a huge night for Sheriff Tiraspol, who have become the first team from Moldova to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

Sheriff will be keeping illustrious company in Group D. As well as Champions League regulars Shakhtar, they have also been drawn alongside the Serie A champions Inter and Real Madrid.

To reach this stage Sheriff have had to come through four rounds of qualifying, which started back in July. They defeated Teuta Durres, Alashkert, Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb to make history. Due to their European exploits, Sheriff have only played five games in the Divizia Nationala, losing the first and then winning the next four, including a 2-0 win over Petrocub at the weekend.

Shakhtar had to come through two rounds of qualifying themselves, beating Genk and Monaco to make the group stage. They've made a bright start to Ukrainian Premier League campaign, losing only one of their seven games (W5 D1). They won 2-0 at home to Dnipro-1 on Saturday.

Shakhtar have beaten quality opposition on the road

Shakhtar are the favourites at 1.9110/11, with the draw at 3.65 and Sheriff at 4.77/2.

When you consider that Shakhtar won their away legs against Genk and Monaco during the qualification process, their odds look pretty generous. Throw in their league games and Shakhtar are unbeaten in five matches on the road this season (W4 D1).

Sheriff beat Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb at home, but Shakhtar represent a step up in class. If Shakhtar are to stand any chance of qualifying from a tough group, they have to win their games against Sheriff and it's worth backing them to do so at 1.9110/11.

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