Viitorul Constanta vs Astra Giurgiu (By: Stanioooo)
In the last match from this week's schedule in the champions group, Viitorul will host Astra.
OK, it is clear which team became the champion of Romania and its name is Cluj. They confirmed the trophy even theoretically yesterday after an important home win with 1:0 against Craiova. Cluj not only won the title for themselves, but they also made a huge gift to Viitorul as they kept their chances alive for the 3rd place. Viitorul are 4th, 3 points behind Craiova, but with a match in hand. In the last round, they will visit Craiova in a game which will decide which team will claim the place for EL. So, no chances for mistake here for Viitorul- they face a team they beat 4:1 a month ago as visitors and also with no chances for the EL places. Practically Astra have two games without any importance for them till the end of the season in the league, but the 3 points are vital for Viitorul.
The rule is that if two teams are with equal points in the end, firstly you have to watch their H2H. With three points for Viitorul against Astra, both Viitorul and Craiova will have 36 points and a decider in Craiova. So, what is the difference if Viitorul win against Astra or not? Well, Viitorul beat Craiova with 2:1 at home and with a win against Astra(equal points with Craiova), even a draw in the last round will give them the 3rd place. BUT if Viitorul make a mistake against Astra in this round, they will have to go in Craiova looking for only one thing- win as visitors!
Now you realize the difference of this game for Viitorul. Gheorghe Hagi's young team just doesn't have any chance for mistake against Astra which team is obviously out of form. Strangely or not Viitorul and Astra qualified for the final in the Romanian cup, so the meeting on 25th May will be the main priority for Astra for sure, these two games before the cup final will be just preparation without playing at max- the season was long, so really don't think they will push too hard in games without importance for them.
Matan(forward) is out for the hosts, while the visitors will still miss their very important defensive midfielder Mrzljak.
Viitorul are strong hosts, very young and talented team led by Hagi and I really think they deserve to play in the qual. rounds in Europe during the next season, so I am picking them to win here and let's hope to avoid the loss in the last match in Craiova to claim the 3rd place.
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Viitorul Constanta vs Astra Giurgiu predictions
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Viitorul Constanta vs Astra Giurgiu betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Stanioooo).