On October 1, Cluj and KuPS will determine who is more worthy to play in the group stage of the Europa League. Are the hosts reasonably considered favorites? – the answer is in our forecast.
Last season, Dan Petrescu’s wards managed to win the Romanian Championship. Now the team is on the second position in the Major League. After five played rounds, the “railroad workers” have eleven points.
“Cluj” in the qualification of the Champions League lost to Zagreb “Dynamo” (2: 3). After that, the team began their performance in the Europa League, where they beat Djurgården (1: 0).
The Kuopio team won silver medals in the Finnish championship last season. The team won the right to play in the Champions League qualification. In the very first match, KuPS was defeated by Molde (0: 5).
Yani Honkavara’s wards in the home championship are now performing very confidently. After 17 played rounds, the team is on the second position, losing only one point to the leader.
Cluj have not conceded a goal at home for three matches
KuPS won eight victories in a row
KuPS won three games in a row away
Cluj play reliably in defense, but the hosts’ attack does not look very formidable. Dan Petrescu’s charges score little. In the last three meetings, the team from Romania managed to organize only one goal. KuPS pleasantly surprises with the quality of its play in recent meetings. Eight victories in a row only confirm this.
It will be difficult for the guests to qualify for the next round, but they should at least catch on to the positive handicap set by the bookmakers, since the class of teams does not differ so much that Cluj will score a crushing victory with a difference of two or more goals.
Our prediction is the victory of KuPS taking into account the handicap (+2). In the bookmaker’s office Marathon, you can play the current outcome with the odds of 1.72.