Pyunik Yerevan vs Sheriff Tiraspol prediction, preview, team news, and more

Pyunik Yerevan will host Sheriff Tiraspol at the Republican on Thursday in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League fourth qualifying round.

The home side made the UEFA Champions League qualifiers this summer, beating CFR Cluj and F91 Dudelange respectively in the first and second rounds before losing 7-0 on aggregate to Red Star Belgrade in the third round.

Pyunik Yerevan reached the knockout stages of a European qualifier this season after back-to-back third-round exits. They are now guaranteed a place in the continental group stage this season and are only the second Armenian club to do so.

Sheriff Tiraspol also made UEFA Champions League qualifiers last month, earning 1-0 aggregate wins over Zrinjski Mostar and Maribor in the first and second rounds respectively. They were beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Victoria Plzen in the third round and will be looking to bounce back after that.

The visitors last reached the Europa League group stage in the 2017-18 campaign, finishing third in their group behind FC Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Pyunik Yerevan vs Sheriff Tiraspol head to head

There were two meetings between Pyunik Yerevan and the Tiraspol sheriff. The two teams last met in a Champions League qualifying draw in the 2006-07 season, with Wasps losing 2-0 on aggregate.

Pyunik Yerevan form guide (all competitions): WLLLW

Tiraspol Sheriff’s Form Guide (All Competitions): WLWLD

Pyunik Yerevan vs Sheriff Tiraspol Team News

Punik Yerevan

Nikita Baranov has been out of action since May due to injury so won’t feature with the hosts this week. On a more positive note, Sergiy Vakulenko is back to full fitness and could feature in the game.

injured: Nikita Baranov

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Sheriff Tiraspol

Stefanos Evangelou received a red card against Viktoria Plzen last week and has therefore been suspended.

injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Stefanos Evangelou

Pyunik Yerevan vs Sheriff Tiraspol Predicted XI

Pyunik Yerevan Predicted XI (4-3-3): David Yurchenko; Artak Dashyan, Mikhail Kovalenko, Zoran Gajic, Juninho; Eugeniu Cociuc, Renzo Zambrano, Hovhannes Harutyunyan; David Davidyan, Luka Juricic, Yusuf Otubanjo

Sheriff Tiraspol predicted XI (4-3-3): Razak Abalora; Renan Guedes, Gabi Kiki, Stjepan Radeljić, Patrick Kpozo; Regi Lushkja, Moussa Kyabou, Cedric Badolo; Pernambuco, Kay Tejan, Rasheed Ibrahim Akanbi

Pyunik Yerevan vs Sheriff Tiraspol Prediction

The home side have lost three of their last four games in all competitions and scored just one goal in that span.

Sheriff Tiraspol has also struggled, winning just two of their last five games in all competitions. The visitors, however, are the strongest team heading into the midweek clash and are expected to win this one.

Prediction: Pyunik Yerevan 0-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

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