FC Astana vs CFR Cluj (By: Dajkula)
In the first qualifying round of the Champions League, Astana welcomes Cluj. The game is played at 15.00 which is something favoring the hosts but it will not be as hot today.
Astana is the favorite because of the good results in Europe but lately, they are not showing that determination. They are in a competitive rhythm and the league is well of but they are far from convincing. They are leading the league but only because the chasers Tobol have 2 games less played. Astana has lost 5 times in 19 league matches which are unheard of. They lost 3 times at home to the likes of Irtysh, Shakhter, and Kairat lately. The teams have grown accustomed to their style of play, or there is some saturation going on. Whatever it is, they are not in their prime. Actually, I would like to go against them.
Cluj has a strong team, on the level of Astana for sure. They are lead by the charismatic Dan Petrescu and he is bringing the best out of this team. Cluj won the league last season with some points to spare and only lost 2 times. The results were even far better on the away ground. The team remains strong as nobody important left. They kept the likes of Djokovic, Omrani, and Tucudean while they brought in Rondon and Aurelio to add a bit more to the attack. Cluj was eliminated by Malmo in the previous season but I gather they will do better under Petrescu. Cluj has a great preparation period and won against Sparta, Mlada Boleslav, Osijek, Orenburg, drew with Crvena Zvezda. They lost the Super cup match with Vitorul 3 days ago but I think this game was in focus. I like their chances today.
FC Astana vs CFR Cluj predictions
|Cluj AH 0||Pinnacle||3.17||8||1-0 LOST (-8 units)|
FC Astana vs CFR Cluj betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).