Sheriff Tiraspol and Viktoria Plzen will both be looking to go further into the Champions League group stages in the qualifying third round first leg on Tuesday.
Sheriff Tiraspol have now gone four Champions League games without giving up a goal, but on Saturday's opening day of the Moldovan Super Liga, Zimbru forced them to accept a 1-1 draw. Sheriff can boast eight wins from their previous 10 Champions League home matches, that stalemate extended their undefeated streak in all events to a staggering 16 matches.
FC Viktoria Plzen
HJK visited Viktoria Plzen, where the Czech powerhouses easily advanced by hitting the Finnish champions for five last time out. Viktoria Plzen also drew their league opener last weekend, a 2-2 draw away to Teplice, which means they are already falling behind in the fight to retain their crown.
The Sheriff have chosen to focus on defence so far rather than going full throttle in the Champions League qualifying. The Czechs should play with the same effectiveness as they did in the game against HJK, while the Moldovans should aim to get a respectable result at home.