Viitorul Constanta vs Astra
Romanian League Cup is a new competition that took place for the first time last year, it's the fastest way to win a title, only teams from the first division play in this competition, there are 14 teams, 1st place and 2nd place last year doesn't play in the first round, so there are 4 rounds to play and if you win all you will win the cup.
In the first round FC Viitorul managed to eliminate CS U Craiova after 9-8 at penalty kicks, it was 0-0 in normal time and extra time.
FC Viitorul has a very good season, in the championship, after 13 rounds they are on 3rd place with 23 points, in this season they won 6 matches, made 5 draws and lost 2 matches, they also managed to score 21 goals and received 11 goals.
On the other side, in the first round, Astra Giurgiu managed to eliminate FC Voluntari after an away win with 2-0.
Astra Giurgiu has a very good season, in the championship, after 13 rounds they are on 1st place with 27 points, in this season they won 8 matches, made 3 draws and lost 2 matches, they also managed to score 23 goals and received 16 goals.
Constantin Budescu, Astra Giurgiu captain is in a very good form, he is the top goalscorer of the championship with 6 goals and 5 assist in 10 championship matches, he also scored 3 goals and delivered 3 assists in 6 matches in the Europa League Qualifiers, also he played for the national team of Romania on Sunday and scored 2 goals against Faroe Islands but he also had other scoring opportunities, Romania managed to win with 3-0.
Also Denis Alibec, another player from Astra Giurgiu who is in a very good form, he has 5 goals and 1 assist in 8 championship matches, he also played for national team of Romania on Sunday but he played for a short time.
In my opinion both players will play against FC Viitorul, they had time to rest since Sunday and I believe that they are able to play in this match.
Also I'm expecting that Gheorghe Hagi, FC Viitorul coach to rest some players because the next match is at CFR Cluj on Monday, a strong team that is clearly a candidate for playoff places. Astra Giurgiu on the other side will have an easy match on Sunday at Concordia Chiajna who isn't in a good form and also, Marius Sumudica, Astra Giurgiu coach trained at Concordia Chiajna last year and clearly knows the weakness of this team.
The first match between this two in this season was played at Astra Giurgiu and ended with a lucky 2-2, FC Viitorul managed to score in the 90+ minute but Astra Giurgiu wasn't in their best form at that time because they were also playing in the Europa League Qualifiers. Also last year, in the same phase of this competition, Astra Giurgiu managed to win with 3-1 at home against FC Viitorul.
In my opinion Astra Giurgiu will win game, they play a better football than FC Viitorul and has more experience and Astra Giurgiu players, Constantin Budescu and Denis Alibec are in a great form and want to prove that they are very good players I remember that Constantin Budescu was injured at the match against FC Botosani but as Marius Sumudica says, he begged him to introduce him and Marius Sumudica introduced him in the 53rd minute, that's show me how much this player wants to play.
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