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Cluj are the guests at Stadionul Ion Oblemenco on Saturday for the Liga I clash with home team FC U Craiova.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for FC U Craiova v CFR Cluj - along with the latest match odds.
FC U Craiova
FC U Craiova will be hoping to bounce back here following a 1-0 Liga I defeat last time out to Oţelul Galaţi.
In that game, FC U Craiova had 56% possession and 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, Oţelul Galaţi had 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target.
Over their past six games, Giovanni Constantino's FC U Craiova have hit the target 8 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.33.
A look at their previous results shows us that FC U Craiova:
- are winless against CFR Cluj in their previous 2 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 home league matches.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Rapid Bucharest in Liga I competition, Cluj and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, CFR Cluj managed 66% possession and 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. On the other side, Rapid Bucureşti got 15 shots on goal with 6 on target. Damjan Đoković (9') was the scorer for Rapid Bucharest.
The stats don’t lie, and Cluj have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 6 goals in all. At the back, CFR Cluj seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 16/07/2021 shows us that FC U Craiova have won 1 of these and Cluj 5, with the number of drawn matches standing at 0.
A sum of 18 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Studenții and 12 netted by Ceferiștii. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.
The previous league encounter featuring these clubs was Liga I match day 11 on 01/10/2023 when it ended CFR Cluj 2-0 FC U Craiova.
In that game, CFR Cluj had 39% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Their only player to score was Camora (2').
For their opponents, FC U Craiova got 15 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target.
Team News: FC U Craiova
The FC U Craiova boss Giovanni Constantino will be grateful not to have any fitness worries to speak of before this clash owing to a completely healthy group ready to go. Suspended players who are serving a ban for this game are Alexandru Vodă, Moses Abbey and Ionuț Zanfir.
It seems likely that Studenții may well line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, utilising Ion-Cristian Gurau, Radu Negru, Rokas Lekiatas, Leo Lacroix, Andrea Padula, Vlad Achim, Constantin Albu, William Baeten, Juan Bauza, Aurelian Chitu and Vladislav Blanuta.
Team News: Cluj
With a completely injury-free group available for selection, the Cluj boss Andrea Mandorlini doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of coming into this game. Panagiotis Tachtsidis cannot play in this game through suspension.
It’s our belief that Ceferiștii could decide to play in a 4-3-3 system, going with Razvan Sava, Vasile Mogos, Matija Boben, Matei Cristian Ilie, Cristian Manea, Karlo Muhar, Kader Keita, P. Tachtsidis, Ciprian Ioan Deac, Daniel Birligea and Philip Otele.
FC U Craiova will have to work hard as a team to be putting a goal past this CFR Cluj lineup who we think might manage to score & go ahead.
We therefore see a good battle with a 0-1 winning margin for CFR Cluj at the end of the 90 minutes.
Little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
FC U Craiova
Stadium: Stadionul Ion Oblemenco (30,983)
Captain: Vlad Achim
Chairman: Marcel Pușcaș
Manager: Giovanni Constantino
Competitions: Liga I position 11