Date: July 29, 2014
Venue: Stadion Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)
Kick-off Time: 19:15 BST
The match in question is one for qualification into the UEFA Champions League and hence the winner will land a huge incentive. The competition is the most prestigious football club competition in Europe and both teams will be looking to get into the group stages in any manner that they could.
Both sides won their respective preceding matches and took a step towards qualification, and will now hope to continue their winning run as they look to qualify for the main stage. Unfortunately only one of them will go through.
Slovan Bratislava’s form
Bratislava have won both their qualifying games in the competition so far and are looking good for yet another victory. They beat the Welsh side The New Saints FC in the opening couple of rounds, home and away to make it into the current round of qualifying matches for the group stage.
The team played good football in those games as they won by an aggregate score of 3-0.
Marko Milinkovic and Erik Cikos scored the all-important goals in those matches as Bratislava made it into the next round. Provided that this team can maintain a similar level of dynamism on the pitch and play to their potential, there is nothing to stop them from winning the upcoming match.
S. Tiraspol’s form
Tiraspol were able to see off the challenge from FC Sutjeska in the first round home and away. Tiraspol beat their opponents comfortably on the occasion as they took the fixture 5-0 on aggregate over two matches.
Ismail Isa, Fred Benson, Luvannor Henrique, and Andrei Muresan were on the score-sheet on the occasion with Isa scoring a brace.
Tiraspol are a very compact side with one of the best defences in qualifying this term. It will be difficult for the opposition to get the ball past their defence and create many goal-scoring opportunities.
The opposition will need to take the chances that they do get in order to have any hopes of qualification. The Sheriffs are equally good at ball-playing and attacking as had been demonstrated by their 5-0 demolition of Montenegrin side Sutjeska in the preceding round.
Slovan Bratislava: Marko Milinkovic
The 26-year-old attacker Marko Milinkovic will be the man to watch out for. Milinkovic has lightning pace and quick feet which has been cause for concern for defenders in the past.
He has eight shots on goal so far in the course of the last couple of games which makes him a potent threat. The Serbian had also scored a brace for his side against Welsh side TNS in the opening round of qualifying games.
S. Tiraspol: Ismail Isa
The 25-year-old Bulgarian striker Ismail Isa will be the main player as far as Sheriff are concerned. Isa scored a couple of great goals against Sutjeska in the opening round of qualifying games and he will be looking to do much of the same when his side comes up against the Slovakians on Tuesday.
This being a Cup match and also the first leg, one suspects that the away team, the Sheriffs, will be relatively quiet on the pitch.
A tactical battle is expected. However, with plenty of attack-minded players on both sides of the pitch, one could possibly see a lot of goalmouth action in the 90 minutes on Tuesday.
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