Dinamo Bucharest vs Rapid Bucharest by Rostick

One of the Top 3 derbies in Romanian football will see Dinamo take on Rapid at Arena Nationala, Bucharest, in the Romanian Liga 1 – with both teams in crisis right now.


The usually electric Dinamo Bucharest fans might not turn up in numbers today and the Tifos might be uncharacteristically silent due to the latest performances of the players, the amateurism of the board and the latest pathetic results – so the atmosphere will likely be rather disappointing for such a big, historic Bucharest derby clash.


The Red Dogs (6th place) are in abysmal form lately, failing to score a single goal in the last 4 matches. Since Flavius Stoican was re-appointed as manager 5 rounds ago, Dinamo went downhill. They started with a 3-1 win over Ceahlaul but than gained a single point against 4 relegation candidates – and added a 0-6 defeat in a friendly with Debrecen to top it off! This run is pretty strange considering the fact that Dinamo has a good offense and is the team with the highest average number of goals per game in Liga 1 (scored + conceded): 2,76. The defense is as bad as usual, but up front the offense is just not clicking anymore. There have been chances to score for Dinamo, especially in the home games, but efficiency was another issue for the Red Dogs.


The fans are absolutely livid and for good reason – Dinamo doesn`t seem to have any direction and the level of football played right now is laughable. Flavius Stoican suggested that he will resign if Dinamo doesn’t defeat Rapid, though I suspect he is lying.


Rapid isn`t playing worse than Dinamo at the current time, but the visitors are in a much worse situation after the horrible first part of the season. They brought some players in the Winter and climbed a couple of spots in the standings, but after two consecutive losses Rapid is now placed 15th, 5 points away from safety. The visitors are absolutely dreadful on the offensive end, barely scoring over 0,5 goals per game in average. The 1-2 defeat to Targu Mures on Wednesday was the first match with over 2,5 goals that Rapid played since October – and the 5th this season in all competitions! One of them was the 0-3 home defeat against today`s opponents Dinamo in the first part of the season.


Team news & lineups:


Regular center back Machado is out for Dinamo after he twisted his knee last round, trying to kick the ball. Another regular center back, Nedelcearu, is also out. It`s unclear if captain Marius Niculae will play, since he was out of the squad in the last two games, due to personal problems apparently. Rapid will miss Rui Miguel, possibly Oriol and Marin as well.


Dinamo: T. Marc – Barboianu, A. Marc, Bunoza, Filip – Grigore, Elhamed – Rotariu, Alexe, Grozav – Bilinski


Rapid: Buchta – Sapunaru, Borda, Cmovs, J. Oriol – Garai, Gecov – Meulens, Coimbra, E. Oriol – D. Niculae


The stats could not be any more clearer in suggesting an underish game and looking at the two teams play lately, betting on under 2,5 goals should seem like a banker. However, I smell some excellent value on over 2,5 goals to be scored and I can really see this game breaking the recent patterns and seeing at least 3 goals.


Firstly, both teams really need the win. Dinamo’s players might end up not getting paid, getting their cars painted by fans or even losing their job if they don`t win this. Coach Stoican threatened with resignation if the team does not win. Rapid could probably do with a draw considering they are underdogs, but realistically speaking they need the three points if they are to have any chance to avoid relegation. And then there`s the fact that Dinamo is one of the better attacking teams in the Romania – they have a horrible defense (and miss regular CB’s Machado and Nedelcearu), while the offense could be, on paper, the best in the country.


The first goal should totally open this game up and I expect over 2,5 goals to

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
over 2,5 Pinnacle 2.39 8 2-0 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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