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The third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League could be referred to in the review as the great favorites dying. With FC Basel, Dynamo Kiev, FC Porto or Celtic Glasgow, four big names said goodbye to each other, who had actually been prophesied in their respective pairings.
Soccer Betting Tips CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague
The club, which was responsible for the fact that in the Scottish football capital Glasgow the dream of the renewed participation in the premier class was abruptly ended, comes from Romania and hears the name CFR Cluj. The five-time national champion (last twice in a row) put a huge exclamation point to the competition thanks to a 4: 3 success in Celtic Park and now hopes for the culmination of the strong international season so far.
In the playoffs, the violet-whites get to do it with the Czech champion. Before the first leg between CFR Cluj and Slavia Prague, the odds of bookmakers underpin the fact that a clear favorite is undeniable. Qualitatively, the guests certainly do not need to hide from the railway club from Transylvania.
In addition, the Czech capital club is in an excellent early form. In the domestic league Slavia took on the first six matchdays 16 out of a possible 18 points and also conceded only a single goal.
The defensive is the showpiece of the team of coach Tripsovsky, who will also on Tuesday evening – in view of the return match against home crowd – his protected to hold as long as possible to zero, to get a good starting position for the second encounter in a week to work out.
In our eyes, therefore, the logical consequence is that we venture no bet on the outcome of the match between CFR Cluj and Slavia Prague, but instead predict a scoreless first half. The risk will be limited on both sides, which is why we believe – if anything – in hits only after the page break.
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CFR Cluj – Statistics & Current Form
For Căile Ferate Române (short: CFR) 1907 Cluj the big European football stage is no longer new territory. Already in the seasons 08/09, 10/11 and 12/13, the Romanian top club was allowed to participate in the prestigious concert of the best club teams on the continent.
However, since the last participation in the UEFA Champions League group phase is already almost seven years in the past, the yearning for a successful return to Transylvania is logically palpable. Close to the elite circle of the nominally 32 best clubs in Europe, the violet whites have not been around for a long time.
The players of coach Dan Petrescu owe the realistic chance to win in the main competition of the so far strong performances in the qualification. With the Kazakh flagship club FK Astana, the Israeli figurehead Maccabi Tel Aviv and the highly decorated “Bhoys” of Celtic Glasgow, the Romanians eliminated three quite higher rated counterparties.
In particular, the two matches against the Scottish series champion fans and players will be remembered for a long time. After a 1-1 draw in front of a home crowd in the first leg, the return match to drama, tension and excitement was hard to beat.
Following a halfway unspectacular first half followed by Cluj 1-0 in the lead, overturned from minute 46, the events. At the score of 2: 1 and 3: 2 for Celtic threatened the Petrescu-Elf the disappointing. Both times, however, the underdog struck back in impressive style and left the field after 90 intense minutes finally with a 4: 3 victory.
If we exclude the 0: 1 defeat in the first leg of the first qualifying round in Astana, then the Transylvanian railway club is unbeaten in the current competitive season. In addition to the surprisingly good results at European level (three wins, two draws), the start of the season in the Romanian League 1 2019/2020 can be seen quite well.
With 14 points from their first six games and a strong goal difference of 14: 4 goals, the violet-white team is once again leading the ranking in their home country. The third championship in a row seems a viable undertaking, although the front runners at the weekend showed unimagined weaknesses in Sepsi 1-1.
Perhaps this was because Coach Petrescu was sparing some players for the more important Champions League duel. It is quite possible that the 51-year-old trainer, who was once considered one of the best players in his country and completed 150 competitive games for Chelsea, will even replace his entire first team in comparison to the league game. Notable failures are not known to us.
We therefore expect a well-rested team, which – unlike in Glasgow – is not under pressure to put pressure early. A controlled performance with the main focus on a stable defense seems more likely. Consequently, we tend to predict between CFR Cluj and Slavia Prague that they will not score in the first 45 minutes.
Expected formation of CFR Cluj:
↪ Arlauskis – Camora, Burca, Paulo Vinicius, Susic – Aurelio, Djokovic, Bordeianu – Omrani, Tucudean, Deac
↪ Coach: Petrescu
Last matches of CFR Cluj:
⚽️ 17.08.2019 – Sepsi Vs. CFR Cluj 1: 1 (Liga I)
⚽️ 13.08.2019 – Celtic vs Glasgow. CFR Cluj 3: 4 (Champions League)
⚽️ 10.08.2019 – CFR Cluj vs.. Sibiu 3: 0 (Liga I)
⚽️ 07.08.2019 – CFR Cluj vs.. Celtic Glasgow 1: 1 (Champions League)
⚽️ 03.08.2019 – Chindia Vs. CFR Cluj 1: 4 (Liga I)
Slavia Prague – Statistics & Current Form
While the Romanian opponent has already had to play six international competitive matches in the new season, the reigning Czech champions will not qualify for the UEFA Champions League until next Tuesday.
Whether these different starting positions ultimately influence our CFR Cluj Slavia Prague tip, may be doubted, because even the red-whites from the “City of the Hundred Towers” are national already in the running game operation and have there also made a promising start.
16 points after six matchdays currently mean first place. Even more impressive than the strong point yield, however, is the number of goals conceded in this period. Only FK Teplice was on the second matchday namely able to defeat the defensive to keeper Ondrej Kolar. Helped it anyway, because Slavia won this game with 5: 1.
In the other five matches as well as in the Supercup final, the bourgeois club of intellectuals, whose main adversary is the workers’ club Sparta, always kept the “white vest”. So it’s no wonder that we are taking a close look at the odds for a goalless game or a goalless first half before the first leg between CFR Cluj and Slavia Prague.
In addition to the statistically defensible defensive qualities but also the importance of the first leg plays a crucial role in our reflections. Because on the one hand there is no clear favorite and on the other hand both teams certainly want to avoid an early setback, it can be assumed that one carefully scans and neutralizes oneself in the initial phase.
It goes without saying that participation in the premier class would also be a huge success for Slavia Prague, after all, the last accumulated experiences date from Europe’s first league in the 2007/2008 season. Numerous unsuccessful attempts followed, as in the previous year, when Dynamo Kiev turned out to be an insurmountable hurdle in the third round of qualifying.
The fact that the kickers from the Czech capital were victorious in just one of the last 15 international matches (seven draws, seven defeats) is also not a real encouragement. Our CFR Cluj Vs. Slavia Prague’s prediction is further reinforced by the self-confidence on European stage, which has at least slightly cracked for historical reasons.
In terms of personnel, coach Jindrich Tripsovsky can draw on the full. All important achievers like Josef Husbauer, Mick van Buren, Thomas Soucek or Nicolae Stanciu are at his disposal. In particular, on the latter Romanians are resting some hopes, as he knows some players of the opponent from joint operations from the national team.
Expected formation of Slavia Prague:
↪ Kolar – Zeleny, Hovorka, Kudela, Coufal – Soucek, Husbauer – Olayinka, Stanciu, van Buren – Skoda
↪ Coach: Tripsovsky
Last matches of Slavia Prague:
⚽️ 16.08.2019 – Ceske Budejovice vs. Slavia Prague 0: 3 (Czech League)
⚽️ 10.08.2019 – Slavia Prague vs. Liberec 1: 0 (Czech League)
⚽️ 04.08.2019 – Karvina Vs. Slavia Prague 0: 0 (Czech League)
⚽️ 28.07.2019 – Slavia Prague vs. Sigma Olomouc 1: 0 (Czech League)
⚽️ 21.07.2019 – Teplice Vs. Slavia Prague 1: 5 (Czech League)
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
For the first time ever, the two clubs face each other in the European Cup. The record of Slavia Prague against Romanian clubs, however, reads quite well, because in six direct duels it still hailed no defeat (two wins, four draws). CFR’s record against Czech teams is currently standing with two successes and two bankruptcies.
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague Our Best Soccer Betting Tips Provided by CoreBet Experts
Six starting rights are still to be awarded for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. One of these coveted tickets is determined in the encounter CFR Cluj and Slavia Prague. According to the betting odds, there is no clear favorite in the first leg. Instead, the bookmakers expect a balanced match at eye level.
Basically, we agree with this assessment, especially since both teams are in good form and are still unbeaten in their national leagues. While the Romanians conceded only four goals in six games, the Czechs even played in five out of six cases to zero.
Key Facts – CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague tips
⭐️ CFR Cluj has already eliminated Astana, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Celtic
⭐️ Slavia Prague played six times in seven competitive games
⭐️ The Czechs have never lost to a Romanian opponent
Not least because of this is to be expected on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the assumption that the teams will face in the initial phase with the necessary caution. An early backlog would be almost deadly because of the importance of this game. Because of the mentioned character of this game in our eyes between CFR Cluj and Slavia Prague the odds on a under 2.5 goals have a passable value content.
Nevertheless, we decide on another bet and place the mid-term markets at the center of our interest. We believe the teams will not take excessive risks, especially in the first half. Consequently, we play a CFR Cluj Vs. Slavia Prague tip on a 0-0 at half time with five units.