Two sides that currently find themselves topping their respective domestic leagues meet this Tuesday at Stadionul Dr Constantin Rădulescu in the Champions League as CFR Cluj take on Slavia Praha. Neither side has a great history in the Champions League, however, both sides have made it into the Group Stages on a couple of occasions and will be hoping they can do so once again. This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the history of the clubs.
CFR Cluj will have a tough game on their hands on Tuesday, but they will be feeling confident in their ability after some promising performances in their recent games. Over the last four fixtures, Cluj have secured three wins and just one draw. The first of the four games saw them take on Chindia Targoviste, who they made light work of, beating them 4-1. Next up was Celtic in the first leg of their Champions League Qualifying Round which ended 1-1, before they then managed to shock the bookies and everyone else in the following leg, as they went onto to beat the Scottish side 4-3 to progress to the next round. Between their European games, CFR faced Hermannstadt and picked up a simple 3-0 win.
After five games in the Czech First League, Slavia Praha finds themselves placed at the top with a three point lead after securing four wins and one draw from five games. Win number one came against Zlin, who they narrowly beat 1-0, before they eased to an impressive 5-1 victory over Teplice and secured a third straight win against Sigma. Slavia were then held to a 0-0 draw by Karvina, before picking up their fourth win of the season against Liberec.
Billel Omrani has been vital to his side’s success in the Champions League, with the forward scoring six goals in six appearances so you can expect him to start up front. George Țucudean scored his side’s winning goal against Celtic last time out after joining from the bench and may have earned himself a starting spot on Tuesday.
Jindřich Trpišovský will know his side has the quality to take the win in this fixture after their impressive display last season in the Europa League against Premier League side Chelsea. Also, the travelling side have no injuries or suspensions to worry about ahead of this fixture. Peter Olayinka is yet to bag his first goal this season, but we expect the forward to keep his spot upfront on Tuesday. Mick van Buren is also likely to be involved in the starting XI, with the winger showing good form in the league.
This fixture has the makings of a close encounter with both sides arriving in good form and having similar quality at their disposal. The hosts have been priced as slight favourites with odds of 2.55 to win, while their opponents sit at 2.75. We expect to see both sides get themselves on the scoresheet with a strong chance of seeing over 2.5 goals.