The pressure will be on Sheriff and Servette on Thursday as they return to Europa League action. Both sides are still searching for their first victories in Group G, and only a win will do for either to keep alive their hopes of finishing in one of the top two positions.
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There will be pressure on both Servette and Sheriff this week, as neither have picked up a point in the Europa League so far this season. Servette sit a place higher in the standings courtesy of their slightly better goal difference, but they have easily slipped to defeats against Slavia Praha and AS Roma across the opening two matchdays.
Sheriff also sit without a point in the current Group G standings, as they have allowed a group-high of eight goals after matches against Roma and Slavia Praha. However, a victory for the hosts this week could reignite their chances of finishing in one of the top two places to progress through to the next round of the competition.
However, the hosts have really underperformed across matches in the Europa League in recent seasons, as they have now lost nine of their previous eleven. Over that period, they have recorded just two victories. They will need to be more competitive against their rivals this week if they are to gain maximum points.
Servette are one of four teams that are yet to find the net in the Europa League this season. Meanwhile, only Villarreal has accumulated a lower expected goals than the visitors on Thursday. But, the Swiss side has never lost three matches on the bounce in Europe without finding the back of the net.
Sheriff vs Servette Head to Head
Sheriff will be coming up against a Swiss rival for just the second time in their history. They lost both legs against Basel in the Champions League qualifying round in 2010. Meanwhile, Servette will be coming up against a side from Moldova for the first time in their history on Thursday.
Sheriff vs Servette Prediction
Both of these sides will need to bounce back to their best form this week, as victories in the double header will reignite their chances of progression. However, the slight preference is for Servette, who could be good value to upset the odds and record an away win in Moldova this week.
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