FC Sheriff Tiraspol and Shakhstar Donetsk face each other today at the Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena in the opening matchday of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage after punching their ticker from the qualifying rounds. Here, you will find everything you need to know about this UCL game, such as the preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
The Moldovan champions will make their first ever Champions League group stage appearance following their 3-0 aggregate victory over Dinamo Zagreb. A successful side in their country, FC Sheriff aim to claim points against this opponent.
It won't be easy, though, as the Ukrainian giants have plenty of continental experience under their belts. Shakhtar are expected to emerge victorious from this clash but they shouldn't underestimate it.
Sheriff vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Time: 12:45 PM (ET)
Location: Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena
Sheriff vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Time by State in the US
ET: 12:45 PM
CT: 11:45 AM
MT: 10:45 AM
PT: 9:45 AM
Sheriff vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Storylines and Head-to-Head
Sheriff Tiraspol became the first Moldovan side to secure a UCL group stage berth when they left Dinamo Zagreb on the way, achieving a long-awaited goal after many failed attempts. Yuriy Vernydub's men had a strong star to the domestic league, claiming four victories and just conceding one defeat.
Shakhtar Donetsk were grouped with Real Madrid and Inter for the second straight year. In the previous edition, the Ukrainians shocked Los Blancos twice and held the Nerazzurri in both games, but their two defeats at Borussia Monchengladbach proved costly. They want to get through the round of 16 for the first time after three seasons.
These two sides have only met twice up to now. Shakhtar Donetsk are yet to be defeated by FC Sheriff Tiraspol - they met in the 2003/04 Champions League qualifiers, with the Ukrainian side winning 2-0 on aggregate.
How to watch or live stream Sheriff vs Shakhtar Donetsk in the US
The game to be played between Sheriff and Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 1 of the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League group stage will be broadcast in the US by TUDN App, TUDN.com, Paramount+, Univision NOW, and Galavision.
Sheriff vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Predictions and Odds
Booksmakers in the US have already unveiled their predictions for this game. FanDuel sees Shakhtar Donetsk as favorites with odds of -105, while FC Sheriff have +310, and a tie would result in a +240 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.