FCSB vs Universitatea Cluj prediction 13.07.2024

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Universitatea Cluj

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  • Competition: Liga 1
  • Date: Saturday, 13th July, 2024
  • Kickoff: 20:00 UTC +1 / 21:00 CEST
  • Venue: Arena Nationala (Bucharest)

After about a two-month break, Romanian Liga 1 is about to begin. The reigning champs, FCSB, will welcome Universitate Cluj in the first round at Arena Nationala in Bucharest.

FCSB are the greatest football club in Romania. Last year, they won the title pretty easily. Yes, it was only by three points in the end, but that was only because they lost the last three games when it was already clear they secured the title. This season started great as they won the Super Cup and began their European journey with a 7:1 win over Virtus in the Champions League Qualifiers. This year, the expectation for FCSB in the domestic competition is once again the same, and anything but a title would be a disappointment.

Universitatea Cluj secured a return to the Romanian top-flight division in 2021/22. Even though they ended up in the relegation group, they weren't too close to actual relegation. In fact, they almost secured Europe via Conference League Playoffs last year as they lost in the Finals against Universitatea Craiova after the penalty shootout. This year, their goal will probably be to finish in the Championship Group. Before the start of the season, the bookies see Universitate Cluj as the 7th favorite for the title and offering odds of around 55 for them to win the Liga 1 title.

FCSB vs Universitatea Cluj pick: FCSB to win and cover the -1 AH spread

FCSB played two friendlies and two official games (one in the Super Cup and one in the Champions League Qualifiers) and won all four. Yes, it was mostly against poor teams, but scoring 20 goals in those four matches is still impressive. Last year, FCSB were excellent at home, winning 65% of their league games.

Universitatea Cluj had a poor preparation period. They won just one game in four matches, and they haven't faced tough competition. Over the Summer, they changed the team a lot, and whenever a team does that, it often results in a poor start to the season.

Simply, FCSB are a better team, and we believe they will win most of their home games. Considering all the above, anything but a comfortable win for FCSB against Universitatea Cluj will be a surprise.

FCSB vs Universitatea Cluj Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Universitatea Cluj

    0 : 0

    FCSB

    Liga 1

  2. FCSB

    2 : 2

    Universitatea Cluj

    Liga 1

  3. Universitatea Cluj

    2 : 1

    FCSB

    Liga 1

  4. FCSB

    1 : 1

    Universitatea Cluj

    Liga 1

  5. Universitatea Cluj

    0 : 1

    FCSB

    Romania Cup

FCSB

FCSB team news

Two important players, right full-back Alexandru Pantea and attacking winger Octavian Popescu, are injured and will miss the upcoming game. Still, FCSB have many good options, and those absences shouldn't be a problem. 

Over the Summer, the team's starting attacking winger, Coman Florinel, left and joined Al Gharafra for 5.3 million euros. As a replacement, the club added Stefanescu Marius from Sepsi for 1.4 million euros. Marius had a really good previous season, scoring 14 and assisting five foals in 36 league appearances. 

The club also added Daniel Popa for 300.000 euros, who was Universitatea Cluj's best striker last year. 

Last matches of FCSB

  1. Virtus

    1 : 7

    FCSB

    Champions League

  2. FCSB

    3 : 0

    Corvinul Hunedoara

    Super Cup

  3. Almere City

    1 : 2

    FCSB

    Club Friendlies 3

  4. Rapid Bucuresti

    2 : 0

    FCSB

    Liga 1

  5. FCSB

    0 : 1

    CFR Cluj

    Liga 1

FCSB lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 32

    Stefan Tarnovanu

Defenders

  • 2

    Valentin Cretu

  • 6

    Denis Harut

  • 30

    Siyabonga Ngezana

  • 12

    David Kiki

Midfielders

  • 8

    Adrian Sut

  • 27

    Darius Olaru

  • 18

    Malcom Edjouma

Forwards

  • 15

    Marius Stefanescu

  • 19

    Daniel Popa

  • 25

    Alexandru Baluta

Universitatea Cluj

Universitatea Cluj team news

Interestingly, midfielder Ovidiu Popescu joined Universitatea Cluj after leaving FCSB. The 30-year-old was only a backup option at FCSB but should be a key player for his new team, and we expect him in the starting lineup against his former team.

Besides Popescu, the club added seven new players during the Summer transfer window, while 11 players left. 

Last matches of Universitatea Cluj

  1. Universitatea Cluj

    0 : 2

    Slovan Liberec

    Club Friendlies 3

  2. Universitatea Cluj

    0 : 2

    Diosgyori VTK

    Club Friendlies 3

  3. Ried

    1 : 1

    Universitatea Cluj

    Club Friendlies 3

  4. U Craiova

    0 : 0

    Universitatea Cluj

    Liga 1

  5. Otelul

    0 : 2

    Universitatea Cluj

    Liga 1

Universitatea Cluj lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 33

    Andrei Gorcea

Defenders

  • 4

    Radu Boboc

  • 3

    Bogdan Mitrea

  • 25

    Lucas Masoero

Midfielders

  • 10

    Dan Nistor

  • 94

    Ovidiu Bic

  • 21

    Ovidiu Popescu

  • 22

    Vadim Rata

Forwards

  • 27

    Alexandru Chipciu

  • 9

    Adel Bettaieb

  • 96

    Robert Silaghi

3 Reasons why FCSB should win and cover the -1 AH spread

  1. FCSB won four games this season (friendlies and official games combined)
  2. FCSB won 65% of their home league games last year
  3. Universitatea Cluj won just once in four friendlies in the pre-season

Main prediction FCSB - Universitatea Cluj

AH1 (-1)

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winrate

54% winrate

wins

3 wins in a row

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FCSB vs Universitatea Cluj - FAQ

? Where to watch?

You can find the match officially on the Prima Sport 1 (Rou) channel.

? Who could be the goalscorer for FCSB?

Daniel Popa, who scored two goals in the first two official games this season.

? Who could be the goalscorer for Universitatea Cluj?

Dan Nistor, who scored 16 goals last season in 44 appearances last year.