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Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid PREVIEW

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The UEFA Champions League, November 24, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid PREVIEW STATS

Sheriff Tiraspol won 2-1 in their only previous meeting with Real Madrid in European competition (on MD2 of this season’s UEFA Champions League). The Moldovan side could become the fourth team to win their first two meetings with Real Madrid in European competition, after Liverpool (1981, 2009), Galatasaray (2000, 2001) and Benfica (1962, 1965).

Real Madrid have won both of their away games in the UEFA Champions League this season without conceding a goal (1-0 v Inter Milan and 5-0 v Shakhtar Donetsk), while they last managed this in three consecutive away games in the competition between October 2014 and February 2015, during Carlo Ancelotti’s first spell in charge of the club.

This will be the first time a Moldovan team have hosted a Spanish opponent in major European competition since September 2002, when Zimbru Chisinau were beaten 2-0 by Real Betis in the UEFA Cup.

Real Madrid will be looking to record three consecutive wins in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2018-19 campaign, when they won their 3rd, 4th and 5th group games in that season’s tournament; a pattern they could repeat with victory here.

No team have scored more headed goals than Sheriff Tiraspol through the opening four matchdays in the UEFA Champions League this season (3), with exactly half of their goals in the competition coming via headers (3/6).

Sheriff Tiraspol have faced more shots than any other team in the UEFA Champions League so far this season (102). In fact, since 2003-04 (when this data is available), their total of 102 shots faced is the second-most by a team after four games of a UEFA Champions League campaign, after Legia Warsaw in 2016-17 (106 shots).

Sheriff Tiraspol have conceded six goals in their last two games in the UEFA Champions League (consecutive 3-1 defeats to Inter Milan), which is as many as they had conceded in their previous 10 games in European competition combined (excluding qualifiers).

Sheriff Tiraspol are averaging just 28.5% possession in the UEFA Champions League this season. This is currently the lowest by a team in a single season in the competition since 2003-04, with the previous-lowest in this period being by Crvena Zvezda in 2018-19 (30%).

Karim Benzema has scored in each of his last three UEFA Champions League appearances for Real Madrid (four goals), and will be looking to do so in four in succession for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign. His brace against Shakhtar Donetsk last time out in the competition took him to 100 direct goal involvements in the UEFA Champions League (75 goals and 25 assists).

Real Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior has carried the ball further than any other player in the UEFA Champions League this season (1,277 metres). In addition, no player has generated more shots than the Brazilian from carries (11 – seven shots and four chances created), which are defined as moving 5+ metres in possession of the ball.

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