Steaua Bucuresti vs Avantul Barsana
Steaua is the best team in Romania at the moment, no doubt about it. Last years` champions are currently on 1st place even though they have 2 games in hand. They won 5 and drew once in six games They play in the Champions League group stages, lost 3-0 to Schalke last week but of course that is another level. No point in insisting on analyzing Steaua since the quality gap is just immense here
Birsana is an amateur team in Romania, 4th league. They are not even a top team there, as they are currently on 5th place. Avantul does not even play the same sport as Steaua. It`s very important to state that in Romania the gap between the leagues is huge, not like in England for example, where League Two clubs can upset the Premier League giants.
As I said, no point in discussing quality here any longer, it`s futile. What is important is how the Bucharest side will approach this game. Well, the hosts will actually field a very competitive team here, close to the best available! Steaua does not have a second team or too many youth groups, so they pretty much don`t have a choice.
We`ll see a mix of first team reserves and regulars that could look like this:
Niţă - Râpă, Varela, Gardoş, Pârvulescu - Bourceanu, Filip - Adi Popa, Iancu, Cristea - Kapetanos
Steaua could win this one 10-0 with no problems, but they`ll probably play it safe to avoid injuries and will settle for something like a 5 goal victory. I`ll go with the biggest odds available here, but over 3,5/4,5 or any kind of handicap on Steaua is a solid bet and should be a winner.
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