CFR Cluj vs F91 Dudelange
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu, Cluj-Napoca.
F91 Dudelange are 90 minutes away from a historical qualification to the group stage of a European competition. They’ve already written Luxembourg’s history by becoming the first team from this country to reach the play-offs stage of either UCL or UEL.
To make things even more miraculous ahead of Thursday’s trip to Romania, they have a huge 2-0 score to defend in the reverse fixture.
Can the young German manager Dino Toppmoller complete the miracle with the Luxembourg’s outfit?
CFR Cluj are massive favourites in the rematch, but they will have a mountain to climb to book a place in the group stage of the competition.
We’ve already witnessed some crazy comebacks (Zenit’s against Dinamo Minsk being the most recent), but Portuguese manager Toni will need a much stronger showing from his troops.
If he wants to avoid an embarrassing elimination against an outfit which has never been this far in the competition in the past.
CFR Cluj vs Dudelange: Head-to-head
The inaugural H2H encounter between the two teams could have gone either way, but the destiny wanted F91 Dudelange to pick up a clean sheet victory thanks to second half goals from David Turpel and Danel Sinani.
CFR Cluj vs Dudelange: Prediction
Dudelange made a massive upset by eliminating Polish giants Legia Warsaw in the previous round netting four goals in the process. They bagged two against Cluj revealing an immense attacking potential, meaning we’ll avoid the hosts to keep a clean sheet bet here.
Toppmoller completely changed the squad for domestic league affairs with Differdange 03 and Mondorf-les-Bains in past two rounds and you shouldn’t take losses they suffered in these outings seriously.
Cluj were on a streak of five straight wins before the mentioned failure in Luxembourg. The thread included a demolishing 5-0 victory over Armenian Alashkert in the third qualifying round.
Toni also rested his main stars in the weekend’s goalless draw away at Gaz Metan, clearly showing his intentions of guiding the Romanians to the comeback against Dudelange.
The hosts will push strong from the very get go which is why we expect an open contest packed with goals on Thursday at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu.
The Over 2.5 goals FT is a must-take pick at 1.85, while braver punters can try with two or more goals in the first half at 2.75.
CFR Cluj vs Dudelange: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.85
Over 1.5 Goals in the first half @ 2.75.