FCSB vs Concordia by Rostick
Pick based on Asian handicap. Not familiar with handicaps? Read our Asian handicap betting guide
Steaua has been in very poor form lately and actually in all the second part of the season, losing a 13 point advantage they had over the second place and what’s more, they are now trailing by 2 points. However, the hosts bounced back with a massive win last Sunday, a 3-1 road victory over arch rivals Dinamo that is sure to boost morale. It wasn’t the best performance from Steaua and they were a little lucky to end up with the three points, but a huge win nonetheless.
Steaua could not have asked for an easier opponent today. Chiajna is in bad form since old coach Sumudica left the club (1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 4 games) but even so they are relatively safe from relegation – so it’s not like they will play their last card in this match. Sure, Chiajna still needs points in these last few rounds, but I would not be surprised if they focus their attention on next rounds’ game against Viitorul.
Team news: Both sides have some old injuries, nothing major to shout about. Steaua and Concordia should line up similar to how they did last round.
Concordia has always been a friendly team to Steaua, the owner and mayor of Chiajna being in excellent relations with the Steaua ownership (and a huge Steaua fan I can add). Steaua won the previous 7 direct meetings in Liga 1 and the last 4 matches between the two teams ended with scores of 1-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 6-0 for the Bucharest side. I don’t know if the visitors are really set to “fix” this match, as most Romanian punters seem to think, but I have confidence that Steaua should get a healthy win even if Concordia Chiajna comes in fighting for every ball. A fix would be no more than a nice bonus as far as I`m concerned, even though history and circumstances suggest it.
I expect the hosts to open the score in the first half and than add a couple more goals against an inferior opponent, that once behind on the scoreboard will focus on the meetings to come against relegation rivals in the last three rounds. With an inexperienced manager and a low level, short squad, the visitors need to choose the games in which they will give it their all, while Steaua is desperate for a win and has no choice but to go for it and make sure they don’t end up leading by a single goal late on – as they suffered in those situations recently.
My tip on this match is Steaua to win and cover the 2 goal asian handicap. Prediction: Steaua Bucharest – Concordia Chiajna 3-0.
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