CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague
Champions League Qualification
Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu (Cluj-Napoca).
The five-time Romanian champions have started off their European adventure with 0-1 loss to Astana in the 1st round of the Qualifers, but they managed to turn things around at home with 3-1 win and secure a tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Isreali team failed to overcome one-goal deficit from the first leg and only drew at home, which sent Cluj to the next round, to face Celtic. The Scottish Giant had an upper hand in the return leg after a positive 1-1 draw on the road, but ‘Feroviarii’ once again rose up, fought back and claimed 4-3 win in front of 50 thousand people.
There’s only one more obstacle on their way to Champions League – Slavia Prague.
Unlike Cluj, Slavia only had league games to play so far. Despite the fact they lost some important players during the transfer window, like Jaromir Zmrhal (Brescia) and Miroslav Stoch (PAOK), the Czech champions are still going strong with 5 wins and a draw after six rounds with 11:1 goal difference.
They are favorites to win the league once again, which would be their third title in four years, 19th orverall.
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague: Head to Head
These two sidse have met just once – in a friendly game in 2010 when Slavia won 4-2.
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague: Prediction
Cluj’s fairytale run doesn’t seem to have an end. After eliminating three difficult opponents, they’re just two games away from Champions League Group Stages – which would be their fourth appearance – first since season 2012/13.
‘Feroviarii’ are also topping the Romanian League with 4 wins and 2 draws to date. Dan Petrescu is doing wonders with this team since he came back from China.
Slavia Prague are favorites to progress, and on paper they’re a better team, but I can’t get past this Cluj’s positive momentum they have going on which helped them to overcome so many hurdles by now.
With a W/D/L home record of 2-1-0 both in Europe and in the League, who’s to say that can’t win this one as well?
Odds for CFR Cluj Draw-No-Bet market are great, and that will be my only tip for this game.
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague: Bet Tips
CFR Cluj Draw-No-Bet @ 2.00 (Evens).