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The Liga I tie at Cluj Arena on Friday sees home team Universitatea Cluj take to the field against opponents Petrolul Ploieşti.
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Universitatea Cluj will be wanting a better result here following the 3-1 Liga I losing effort in their last game against Argeș Pitești.
Arnold Garita (53') was the scorer for Argeș Pitești.
Universitatea Cluj haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, finding the back of the net every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 games.
They’ve totted up the amount of 7 during that time and have conceded a total of 6.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Universitatea Cluj:
- have not beaten Petrolul Ploieşti in their last 7 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their previous 4 league matches at home.
Last time out, Petrolul Ploieşti drew 1-1 in the Liga I match with Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe.
The only player to score from Petrolul Ploieşti was Gabriel Tamaş (62'). Alexandru Tudorie (84') scored for Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe.
A tendency of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Petrolul Ploieşti has become evident recently. A glance at their last six meetings shows that this has occurred 5 times. During these clashes, opposing sides have hit a goal tally of 9 and Petrolul Ploieşti have scored 1. Regardless, time will tell if that trend might continue on in this next game.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Petrolul Ploieşti:
- have not lost to Universitatea Cluj when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 19 league games. What a horror away run it has been.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head results stretching back to 16/11/2012 tells us that these encounters have been miserable for Universitatea Cluj. They’ve not been able to register any victories at all whereas Petrolul Ploieşti have simply been better than them, finishing as winners in 100 per cent of those match-ups.
A combined sum of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 2 from șepcile roșii and 13 netted by Lupii galbeni. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
The last league clash between these sides was Liga I match day 31 on 09/05/2015 which finished with the scoreline of Petrolul Ploieşti 1-0 Universitatea Cluj.
Team News: Universitatea Cluj
There aren’t many selection issues, with just the lone fitness concern for the Universitatea Cluj manager George Ogăraru to be concerned about from an otherwise complete group of players. Florinel Mitrea (Ligament Injury) misses out.
It looks as if șepcile roșii could employ a 4-3-3 system, beginning the first half with Andrei Gorcea, Rolandas Baravykas, Andrei Pitian, Denis Ispas, Marius Briceag, Florin Purece, Romario Pires, Ioan Filip, Alexandru Chipciu, Adrian Balan and Ely Fernandes.
Team News: Petrolul Ploieşti
Due to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, the Petrolul Ploieşti manager does not have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this match.
We reckon that Lupii galbeni could decide to make use of a 3-2-4-1 system, choosing Octavian Valceanu, Marian Huja, Gabriel Tamas, Bart Meijers, Florin Borta, Valentin Ticu, Gheorghe Grozav, Jair, Eugen Cebotaru, Marius Cioiu and Mirko Ivanovski.
We’re of the view that Petrolul Ploieşti and Universitatea Cluj could both end up scoring in what appears to be a good match-up, with little separating these two teams.
Let’s see how this one goes, but it looks this could be a draw. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very close game with a 1-1 scoreline at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.