Celtic vs CFR Cluj (By: Luke)
We can't say that Celtic was better than the opponents in the first leg, but the team got a decent result in a 1:1 game.
The game itself was quite a balanced one, with the Romanians taking the lead in the 27th minute, but the Scottish side replied within nine minutes via Forrest.
They come from quite convincing performance away to Motherwell in the Premier League too, once again showing great effectivity in the domestic league, even though some of the players were rested this time.
Motherwell took the lead already, but Celtic reverted with ease inside the first halftime controlling the game well from then on.
Midfielder Rogic is still injured, as well as less important players such as defender Hendry and midfielder Eboue, all three without playing minutes in the new season anyway.
CFR Cluj didn't manage to keep the lead for too long after opening up the opponent thanks to a goal from Rondon, not being able to push much neither wanted to risk in the second halftime.
Even though they didn't lose, the team will have a far more difficult task on the road, as they are known for performing less stable away from home.
The team won at home over Astana and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the previous rounds, but suffered defeat away to Azerbaijan and pulled out a draw in Tel Aviv.
The side recorded an easy 3:0 victory in the domestic league last Saturday evening over FC Hermannstadt, leading the table with four victories and a draw in the first five rounds.
The guests will miss injured midfielder Culio who got injured recently but played all the minutes in the first two rounds of Champions League qualifiers.
There are very little realistic chances that Cluj can respond here in an offensive way.
Only in case of Celtic missing simply way too many chances the Romanians have a chance to be more competitive, but that doesn't seem very likely knowing their current offensive form.
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Celtic vs CFR Cluj prediction
1 (-1 AH)Odds: 2.02 at Pinnacle
Result: 3-4 LOST (-8 units)
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