Shakhtar Donetsk @ Sheriff Tiraspol – Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. ET
If you’ve never heard of Sheriff Tiraspol, that’s understandable; after all, they are the first side to ever represent Moldova in Champions League. While Shakhtar Donetsk have become a staple of UCL in recent seasons, this is about as solid a draw as Sheriff could have asked for, especially on home turf.
That’s because the Wasps have been amazing in Tiraspol: They’ve won six straight there, scoring 21 goals and conceding just two over that stretch across league and Champions League Qualifying play. The one time they played Shakhtar at home back in 2003, it was a 0-0 draw.
Shakhtar snuck into this season’s competition via a narrow aggregate victory over Monaco in qualifying. We saw this kind of magic when Brentford played its first ever Premier League match a few weeks ago; perhaps we’ll see it again.
Pick: Sheriff Tiraspol +0.5 (-110)*
DFS Value Play: Adama Traore ($6,100)