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This intriguing Liga 1 Play Offs fixture sees Universitatea Craiova testing themselves against Steaua Bucharest on Sunday.
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Universitatea Craiova will want to continue from where they left off last time out with a 1-0 Liga 1 Play Offs triumph versus Voluntari.
Universitatea Craiova have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, hitting the target every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 matches.
They have managed to rack up 14 during that period while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 5.
Steaua Bucharest head into the game after a 4-0 Liga 1 Play Offs win in the defeat of Argeș Pitești in their previous outing.
The trend of at least one side getting a clean sheet in games involving Steaua Bucharest has been noticeable in recent matches. Examining their last 6 outings shows that this has occurred 5 times. During these clashes, opposing sides have hit a goal total of 4 while Steaua Bucharest have scored 16. Putting that to one side, time will tell if that pattern will continue on here in this game.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 04/04/2021 shows that Universitatea Craiova have won 3 of these games and Steaua Bucharest 2, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A total of 15 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 8 for Studenţii and 7 created by Steliștii. That’s an average goals per game of 2.5.
Team News: Universitatea Craiova
Antoine Conte (Leg Injury) and Lyes Houri (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Universitatea Craiova boss Victor Piţurcă.
We are thinking that Studenţii look set to use the 4-2-3-1 formation for the game, utilising Mirko Pigliacelli, Bogdan Vatajelu, Paul Papp, M. Marcel Constantin, Nicusor Bancu, Vladimir Screciu, Alexandru Cretu, Gustavo, Stefan Baiaram, Andrei Ivan and Jovan Markovic.
Team News: Steaua Bucharest
With a completely healthy squad ready to go, the Steaua Bucharest boss Bogdan Vintilă does not have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this clash.
It’s our belief that Steliștii seem likely to play in a 4-3-3 system, settling for Stefan Tarnovanu, Ovidiu Popescu, Iulian Cristea, George Miron, Risto Radunovic, Darius Olaru, Adrian Sut, Florin Tanase, Andrei Cordea, Florinel Coman and Octavian Popescu.
We’re of the opinion that Steaua Bucharest and Universitatea Craiova could end up without much reward for their efforts here.
A scoreless draw looks like a real possibility, but we’ll see what happens. We’re therefore tipping a very even match with a 0-0 draw when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 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 3, Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying)