Betting preview: Universitatea Craiova vs CFR Cluj should be interesting

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Competition: Romania Liga 1
Competition: Sun 11.April
Match begins: 18:30 (UTC)
Venue: Stadionul Ion Oblemenco

Universitatea Craiova and CFR Cluj are both riding high in the Liga 1 with their 3rd and 2nd positions respectively. Expect a great game!

Insights:
  • Universitatea Craiova have the fewest conceded goals (14) in Liga 1
  • CFR Cluj have the most clean sheets (18) in Liga 1

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

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Universitatea Craiova form and stats

Overall Liga 1 stats at home this season for Universitatea Craiova, who have the fewest conceded goals (14) in Liga 1, are 8-3-3 (wins-draw-losses). Ever since the Arges game Universitatea has been unbeatable here at Stadionul Ion Oblemenco producing four straight wins.

Universitatea are confident in defense, having played 370 minutes without conceding a goal in the league.

An away draw last time out for Universitatea, facing FCSB in a game that ended 0-0. Before that match, a win away at Gaz Metan Medias.

A painful moment in the game against FCSB was the missed penalty kick from Alexandru Cicâldău in the 62nd minute. A goal there would obviously have changed the match and probably the outcome.

This is expected to be a close game, with Universitatea Craiova perhaps considered small favourites due to their home advantage. Looking back at earlier matches similar to this one (expected to be close with Universitatea Craiova as a small favourite), we find four games. Universitatea Craiova has won one of these, drawn two and lost one.

Some members of the home team might already be thinking of their next match, the Romania Cup game versus Sirineasa in only three days. This game is also played here at Stadionul Ion Oblemenco.

Universitatea has scored 15 league goals at home this season, in 14 matches. From these home matches, Universitatea have conceded only 8 goals. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 0 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 home matches.

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CFR Cluj form and stats

The away team, who have the most clean sheets (18) in Liga 1, have been very comfortable on their travels so far, racking up 11 wins, 1 draw and only 2 losses in the Liga 1.

Cluj won their last game, 1-0 versus Dinamo Bucuresti played at home. Before that, Cluj secured a home win against CSM Iasi with the score 4-0.

World class coaching! That was the thoughts of manager E. Iordănescu when Billel Omrani scored the winning goal after coming on as a substitute in the 46th minute.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Cluj playing away and similar expectations, we found four relevant matches. Results were two CFR Cluj wins, zero draws and two defeats.

A new game in only four days for Cluj, the Super Cup home match versus FCSB. Busy days.

Scoring goals is the main ingredient in creating success in football, and not only at home. So far Cluj have scored 20 goals in 14 league games away. It's been trouble in front of goal recently, as only 2 of these goals has been scored in their last three away matches. Cluj are defending well in their away games, having conceded only 8 times in 14 matches. For more goal statistics, check out the Statistics tab above.

Head 2 Head

The teams have played each other before this season, with the result CFR Cluj - Universitatea 0-0 entered in the official records. Last ten meetings between the teams: Universitatea won two, CFR Cluj won five and three draws. two games with over 2,5 goals, eight matches with two goals or less.

Top Goalscorers

CFR ClujC. Deac
C. Deac
10 goals
UniversitateaA. Cicâldău
A. Cicâldău
9 goals
CFR ClujG. Debeljuh
G. Debeljuh
8 goals

Universitatea Craiova missing players

CFR Cluj missing players

Universitatea Craiova CFR Cluj
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
29 14 3 Played P 3 14 29
16 8 1 Won W 1 11 19
9 3 1 Drew D 0 1 6
4 3 1 Lost L 2 2 4
33 15 1 Scored S 2 20 42
14 8 2 Conceded C 5 8 15
83% 93% 67% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 86%
48% 50% 33% Over 1.5 O 1.5 67% 64% 59%
21% 14% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 67% 29% 34%
7% 7% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 7% 14%
3% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 3%
31% 29% 0% BTTS BTTS 33% 29% 31%
55% 50% 67% Clean Sheets C S 33% 64% 62%
31% 29% 67% Failed to Score F T 33% 7% 21%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.6 1.1 2.7 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.7 2.6 2.6
1 1 1 Red cards R C 1 1 1
 
12.6 11.8 8.7 Shots (avg) S ( 6.7 10.8 11.2
4.9 4.7 3.3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.7 4.6 4.7
23% 23% 10% Goal Efficiency G E 25% 31% 31%
Key stats in Liga 1 this season:
  • CFR Cluj have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • CFR Cluj have the fewest dropped points from leading position (3) in Liga 1
  • CFR Cluj have the most clean sheets (18) in Liga 1
  • CFR Cluj have the most points (34) away in Liga 1
  • CFR Cluj haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.
  • Universitatea Craiova have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Universitatea Craiova have the fewest conceded goals (14) in Liga 1
  • Universitatea Craiova have the fewest conceded goals in the first half (6) in Liga 1
  • Universitatea Craiova have the fewest matches over the total-line (6) in Liga 1
  • Universitatea Craiova have the fewest points from losing position (2) in Liga 1
  • Universitatea Craiova have the most matches under the total-line (21) in Liga 1

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 FCSB 29 20 4 5 56 21 15 12 2 1 35 7 14 8 2 4 21 14 35 64
2 CFR Cluj 29 19 6 4 42 15 15 8 5 2 22 7 14 11 1 2 20 8 27 63
3 Universitatea Craiova 29 16 9 4 33 14 14 8 3 3 15 8 15 8 6 1 18 6 19 57
4 Sepsi 29 10 14 5 42 30 14 4 7 3 20 14 15 6 7 2 22 16 12 44
5 Botosani 29 11 8 10 38 35 15 6 4 5 19 14 14 5 4 5 19 21 3 41
6 Academica Clinceni 29 9 14 6 27 25 15 6 5 4 13 12 14 3 9 2 14 13 2 41
7 Chindia Targoviste 29 10 9 10 23 23 15 5 4 6 15 18 14 5 5 4 8 5 0 39
8 Astra 29 9 10 10 38 39 14 4 5 5 18 18 15 5 5 5 20 21 -1 37
9 Arges 29 9 10 10 30 40 14 4 6 4 15 16 15 5 4 6 15 24 -10 37
10 UTA Arad 29 9 9 11 26 36 15 2 5 8 9 20 14 7 4 3 17 16 -10 36
11 Viitorul 28 6 13 9 35 33 13 3 7 3 20 20 15 3 6 6 15 13 2 31
12 Voluntari 29 8 7 14 31 39 14 4 3 7 16 19 15 4 4 7 15 20 -8 31
13 Gaz Metan Medias 29 8 6 15 31 41 15 5 3 7 15 19 14 3 3 8 16 22 -10 30
14 Dinamo Bucuresti 29 7 6 16 25 38 14 3 4 7 13 18 15 4 2 9 12 20 -13 27
15 Hermannstadt 29 5 11 13 28 39 15 4 5 6 17 19 14 1 6 7 11 20 -11 26
16 CSM Iasi 28 5 4 19 26 63 14 3 2 9 13 27 14 2 2 10 13 36 -37 19

Read more about Liga 1

The Liga I, also spelled Liga 1, is the top level of the football pyramid in Romania. It is also known as the Liga 1 Betano due to its sponsor. It has 14 teams playing 26 fixtures each to create a league table for the regular season. The top six teams then play a championship round, the last eight play a relegation round.