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Botoșani make the trip to Stadionul Ilie Oană on Friday for the Liga I game with hosts Petrolul Ploieşti.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Petrolul Ploieşti v Botoșani match are shown here - along with the latest match odds.
Petrolul Ploieşti will play in this game following on from a 0-0 Liga I tied result vs Universitatea Cluj.
In that match, Petrolul Ploieşti had 53% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. For their opponents, Universitatea Cluj had 15 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Their more recent scorelines shine a light on the fact that not much more can be done by the Petrolul Ploieşti defence. Petrolul Ploieşti have been stingy, resulting in the number of goals that have flown into the back of their net during their previous six matches standing at 3. That sort of trend might not be carried forward into this game, however.
In their last game, Botoșani drew 3-3 in the Liga I tie with Voluntari.
In that game, Botoșani had 48% possession and 20 shots on goal with 8 on target. For Botoșani, the scorers were Victor Dican (38') and Eduard Florescu (71'). Voluntari had 12 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Vadim Raţă (59') was the scorer for Voluntari.
The stats don’t lie, and Botoșani have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, conceding 18 goals in total. At the back, Botoșani have been far from perfect.
Coming into this contest, Botoșani are without an away win for the past 11 matches in the league. A poor run.
Head to head
A review of their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 04/03/2016 shows that Petrolul Ploieşti have won 2 of them & Botoșani 3, with the number of draws being 1.
A combined total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 4 for Lupii galbeni and 12 coming from Botoșănenii. The average goals per game has been 2.67.
The last league contest featuring the two was Liga I match day 2 on 24/07/2023 when it ended Botoșani 1-1 Petrolul Ploieşti.
On that occasion, Botoșani had 51% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player to score was Mihai Roman (38').
Petrolul Ploieşti got 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. Gheorghe Grozav (14') was the scorer.
Team News: Petrolul Ploieşti
The Petrolul Ploieşti manager does not have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this game owing to a fully injury-free group available to choose from.
It looks as if Lupii galbeni could use the 5-3-2 formation for the game featuring Lukas Zima, Marian Huja, Takayuki Seto, Seniko Doua, Paul Papp, Valentin Ticu, Jefferson, Ismael Diomande, Jair, A. Marian Musi and Gheorghe Grozav.
Team News: Botoșani
With a completely injury-free squad available to select from, the Botoșani boss Andrei Patache doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash.
We’re of the thinking that Botoșănenii appear most likely to utilise a 3-4-1-2 formation, choosing Razvan Ducan, Gabriel Mutombo Kupa, Alexandru Tiganasu, Andrei Dragu, Romario Benzar, Victor Dican, Eduard Florescu, Charles Petro, Gabriel Eugen David, Kablan N'Goma and Miroslav Ilicic.
We feel that in this game, Petrolul Ploieşti should create enough chances to score more than one when they come up against Botoșani, who won’t find it easy to find the back of the net.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a 2-0 margin for Petrolul Ploieşti at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadionul Ilie Oană (15,500)
Chairman: Daniel Capră
Competitions: Liga I position 6