In the most interesting game of the round in Liga 1 Steaua and Astra will clash at Pitesti. These two teams are in my opinion the only two real candidates for the title, with Dinamo, Pandurii and Viitorul a tad below the level of the aforementioned teams. Steaua has been far from impressive since Reghecampf came at the helm of the "blue-reds" for a second term. In the winter after a rather impressive transfer campaign many said they will march towards their 4th consecutive title. Their performances lately have been lackluster, suffering a humbling defeat at the hands of Voluntari 1-3, than only drawing against Iasi "at home" 1-1. The tensions inside the team are very high, they struggle to score, the coveted transfer of Marica in the winter hasn't played off, he will also miss this game. Astra will undoubtely seek today one point and nothing more; maintaining a 6 points lead over Steaua with 7 games to play and the return fixture in Giurgiu clearly puts them into a very good position to win the title. I doubt Steaua "will throw the kitchen sink" at Astra, Sumudica's team has quality players upfront than can speculate on counters so I'm expecting this one to be a tactical battle and I think Astra in the end will get a point here.
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