AN INTERESTING game on Friday that we're liking the look of takes place at 3pm in the Moldovan Divizia Nationala.

Top of the table Sheriff Tiraspol travel to face Iskra-Stal as they look to boost their lead at the top of the table with only five games to go.

Looking purely at the stats on this game it doesn't jump out at you with the last match between these two sides finishing in a 2-2 draw and with previous games being won by Sheriff by the odd goal.

Where this one gets interesting is if you look at what's being going on at Iskra lately. Last week they played out a 2-2 draw with bottom of the table side Nistru Otaci, where Iskra found themselves 2-0 down inside ten minutes before hitting back in the last fifteen minutes. Sheriff played Nistru recently in the cup, where they destroyed them 7-0 to add to the 7-1 gubbing they had given them in the league away from home.

Having noticed that Iskra's match against FC Costuleni a fortnight ago resulted in a 3-0 walkover for Cosuleni leads us to why this game is so interesting. It turns out that Iskra never turned up for that game in protest at not having been paid for the last four months. The players have hardly trained at all over the last few weeks and Iskra is a club on it's knees at the minute with efforts being made to try to save it from completely going under.

The Iskra manager was quoted after the Nistru game as saying ‘The players have not trained for a long time, and the morale of the guys is, well, not up to par' The players have also been involved in a bitter war of words with the club Chairman over not been paid and efforts are being made to get local government and businessmen to bale the club out.

Sheriff are currently sitting at odds of 1/4 from their opening 8/15 last night on Bet365. Over 2.5 goals in the game is holding up at 17/20 and Sheriff HT/FT is priced at 4/5. These prices may not hold if people start to realise what's going on here but if they do we'll be having a good go at Sheriff team goals. An early goal here could completly demoralise Iskra and with Sheriff out to improve their lead at the top they'll surely be looking to up their goal difference too if the opportunity arises.

Sheriff over 2.5 & 3.5 Team Goals
(Due in-play on Bet365 & William Hill)

  1. Bryan 9 years ago

    Bet365 currently at 1/4 for the away win but Paddy are offering 1/2.

  2. bounty punter 9 years ago

    Good spot Bryan, Paddy never had it last time I looked..

  3. Bryan 9 years ago

    I’m happy to take the 1/2 for the away win given the circumstances.

  4. bounty punter 9 years ago

    Due in-play with Paddy too so will be seeing what his prices are like ahead of 365 & Hills now

  5. Mr H 9 years ago

    2/5 they are with Bet Victor

    12/5 for over 3.5gls in the match and 13/2 over 4.5 in the same market

  6. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    Cheers for the update BP :)

    Based on them being 1/4 with bet365, you’d only expect to get around 10/11 for over 2.5 Sheriff goals! Given that over 2.5 match goals is 17/20, that’s probably a safer bet as your talking about a Simalir price but aren’t soley relying on sheriff to score 3!

    Obviously l depends on what the price is – just a thought?

  7. bounty punter 9 years ago

    If you’re betting on 365 then yes Greg, you’re probably quite right. Problem with 365 is they’ve been smashed off the boards there this morning as they were 8/15 for the win. Paddy still offering 1/2 and having it in-play will be where I’ll be playing this one now..

  8. SilentJoe5 9 years ago

    Nothing from Bet365 for the above game match :

    I have just lumped on : Sheriff, HT/FT @4/5 & +2.5 goals @ 9/10….

    Hope it comes in Mr BP,,if not, it was a great piece of research anyway…

  9. Danny 9 years ago

    they dropped a fair bit when I tipped them with Spartak in the double they were 1.53 with Bet365 and Betvictor couple of the other games in the Divizia Nationala looks good if not better than the Sheriff game namely Milsami – Speranta Crihana Veche and Olimpia Balti – Otaci

  10. Mr H 9 years ago

    And 12/1 over 5.5 goals

    So for example £5 on each one is a £15 stake and over 3.5gls clears your stake,anymore is the bonus

    Cheers BP

  11. Bryan 9 years ago

    Sheriff HT/FT is evens with Victor Chandler.

  12. Mr H 9 years ago

    I’m on over 3.5gls at 12/5 and over 4.5 at 13/2 :)

    Good luck all

  13. Danny 9 years ago

    Sheriff cross town rivals FC also look good for a win today away 2 Rapid they are 1.62 @ paddy power they have won 16 of there last 20 only lost 1 and drew 3 Rapid are not a bad outfit themselves but have lost 5 of there last 11 and are a tad off form

  14. John 9 years ago

    When it comes to in play bets my personal preference in 2nd half betting, odds are pretty decent so if it stays 0-0 for quite a while i’ll be happy

  15. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    Yeah, paddy seems to way to go with this one PB, I’ll slum it with Bet365 on this one, haha!

    On over 2.5 at 9/10

    Will look at team goals etc once it starts!

  16. Bryan 9 years ago

    Paddy now down to 3/10 for the away win.

  17. Bryan 9 years ago

    Victor Chandler have now completely closed the market.

  18. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    1/6 on bet365 now

  19. Bryan 9 years ago

    The game still hasn’t started. I wonder if it’s another walkover because the home players are on strike.

  20. Bryan 9 years ago

    Futbol24 has the game kicking off at 3:10pm

  21. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    In play has been removed! Anyone know what’s happening?

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      Greg, looks like the team haven’t turned up which is disappointing for BP and the work he put in and to everyone looking forward to the game.

  22. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    What a nightmare :(

    J was certain my over 0.5 first half goals was coming in, 4/9 was a huge price considering they were 1/6 to win the match!

    Typical bookies getting off lightly!

    Cheers for letting us know!

  23. Bryan 9 years ago

    Futbol24 has now put the game back to 3:20pm

    It’s possible the owners are negotiating with the players with the hope of getting the game started. lol

  24. john 9 years ago

    No sign of the game with Paddy

  25. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    Haha bless you Brian

    I love your optimism, it hey probably just keep putting back 10 mins cos they don’t have a clue what’s going on! :)

  26. Danny 9 years ago

    according to the they have been awarded the match 0 – 3

    • SilentJoe5 9 years ago

      Danny,,I was on this game this morning,,got the bet on at the odds stated in an earlier post,,,do you know if i would get both bets,,HT/FT & over 2.5goals ???

    • Danny 9 years ago

      Joe I don’t know for a fact but I don’t think you will mate bet will most probably be voided and your stake returned I could be wrong as I don’t know for sure one of the other lads will have a more definite answer for you

    • SilentJoe5 9 years ago

      Danny,,Thanks mate,,I will access my account once im home,,suppose i will find out one way or another

  27. Bryan 9 years ago

    Cheers Danny, that’s it confirmed then, game off.

  28. Danny 9 years ago

    Bryan some strange nonsense taking place in the Moldovan league me thinks

  29. Paul 9 years ago

    Whether the game is voided or not, thank you anyway to BP. Great bit of research.

  30. Greg Browning 9 years ago

    SilentJoe5, you won’t be paid out mate, you’ll get your stake refunded! The bet is void!

    • SilentJoe5 9 years ago

      Greig,,thanks mate,,i will check my balance when im home but i reckon your 100% correcto,,ack well,,some ye win,,lol

  31. WeeBanger 9 years ago

    Unlucky with the game getting called off, I was on HT/FT with betvictor and now they don’t return your stake until the next day. Double boot in the baws!

  32. WeeBanger 9 years ago

    Cheers anyway BP. Look foward to the next time

  33. Bryan 9 years ago

    Paddy still haven’t settled this. I’ve just spoken to a guy on livechat though and he thinks as Sheriff were awarded a 3-0 win my bet may be a winner

  34. Bryan 9 years ago

    He’s away to speak to someone in a different department. I gave him a link to the official Sheriff website to show they were awarded a 3-0 win

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