Their upcoming Liga 1 Play Offs fixture will see Universitatea Craiova up against Cluj on Sunday.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Universitatea Craiova v CFR Cluj can be found here - as well as up-to-date odds.
Universitatea Craiova head into this match following on from a 1-1 Liga 1 Play Offs draw versus Steaua Bucharest.
The only player to score from Universitatea Craiova was Jovan Marković (32'). Malcom Edjouma (66') was the scorer for Steaua Bucharest.
Their latest results reveal that there has been much resilience in the Universitatea Craiova defence. Universitatea Craiova have been miserly, seeing the tally of goals that have flown into the back of their net over the course of their last six outings standing at 4.
In their previous fixture, Cluj drew 2-2 in the Liga 1 Play Offs match with Rapid Bucharest.
In that game, CFR Cluj had 32% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. For CFR Cluj, the scorers were Rangelo Janga (4') and Bismark Adjei-Boateng (23'). At the other end, Rapid Bucureşti had 19 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Mattias Käit (10') scored for Rapid Bucharest.
Indicating their partiality to fruitful encounters, we’ve had goals 22 times in the prior 6 matches in which CFR Cluj have sent out their troops, giving a mean average of 3.67 goals per clash. Opposition teams have managed 7 from this total. Such a trend won’t necessarily follow through into this next game, though.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 20/09/2021 shows that Universitatea Craiova have won 2 of them & Cluj 3, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A total of 15 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 7 of them from Studenţii and 8 created by Ceferiștii. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The previous league encounter featuring these clubs was Liga I match day 25 on 11/02/2023 when it ended Universitatea Craiova 2-0 CFR Cluj.
Team News: Universitatea Craiova
Regarding absentees, there’s just the lone fitness concern for the Universitatea Craiova manager Victor Piţurcă to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy group. Nicusor Bancu (Ruptured cruciate ligament) is out of contention.
Team News: Cluj
Owing to a completely healthy squad to choose from, the Cluj boss Dan Petrescu has zero fitness worries to report ahead of this match.
Looking at these two, we feel that CFR Cluj and Universitatea Craiova should both get enough opportunities to score, although it’s hard to separate the two.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. Therefore, we predict a very close game with a score draw when the referee blows the full-time whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadionul Ion Oblemenco (30,983)
Captain: Nicușor Bancu
Chairman: Sorin Cârţu
Manager: Victor Piţurcă
Competitions: Liga I position 4, Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round)