Poli Timisoara vs CS U. Craiova by Sors

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The hosts suffered a heavy 0-5 loss against Botosani in their last match at this stadium four days ago and are still without a single point since the beginning of the new campaign in the Romanian league (0-0-4 3/13).


There are, of course, several objective reasons for that.


At first place, many important players from the last season left the club this summer – Daniel Popescu (def.), Dorin Goga (def.), Cristian Barbut (midf.), Marius Croitoru (midf.), Fernando Llorente (midf.), Ianis Zicu (midf.), Javi (midf.), Alex Nimely-Tchuimeni (forw.), etc. – while the majority of the new signings are young players or players without experience on this level.


In addition to that, the hosts were penalized -14 points by the Romanian football federation, which makes their task to avoid relegation simply impossible.


The motivation of the players is under serious question under these circumstances and the first sign of that was the heavy loss against Botosani after three decent games against Dinamo Bucharest (1-2/away), Pandurii (1-3/home) and Astra (1-3/away) in the previous three rounds.


Catalin Doman (m / 3+0) was sent off against Botosani and will miss this match for the home team.


U. Craiova began the new season in a good shape, as the guests have recorded three victories and lost once in their previous four rounds (3-0-1 7/4).


Sebastian Achim (def.), Andrei Herghelegiu (midf.) and Catalin Straton have left during the break, but the new additions owns enough potential to replace them successfully – Marius Briceag (def.) from Voluntari, Gustavo (midf.) from Messina, Rambe (forw.) from Braga and Nicolae Calancea (forw.) from Voluntari.


The guests have ambitions for a place at top 6 and considering the current situation, I think that they will manage to win all three points from this match.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
U. Craiova - 1.00 Unibet 1.86 8 3-2 LOST (-8 units)
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