Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Thursday’s football game at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu pits together Cluj and AZ Alkmaar, the two teams who sit in the opposite parts of the table. AZ Alkmaar head into the match as the Group D leaders, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Since the Eredivisie outfit impressed in a 5-1 crushing of Utrecht at the weekend, away win should definitely be considered.
Teenage attacker Ernest Poku should be the only absentee in the away team. Cluj, on the other hand, failed to impress in the Europa League playoffs, with the team losing to Crvena zvezda in the double-header, and they have yet to record a win in the Conference League group stages. The Romanian champions obviously struggle at the back, and given AZ’s current form, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting side. Talented midfielder Claudiu Petrila is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Randers.
Highlighted Player (Billel Omrani ):
Billel Omrani is a French footballer descent who plays for CFR Cluj as a forward. Born in Forbach on June 2, 1993, Omrani started his youth career at the age of six. Following spells with Merlebach and Gymnastique Marienau youth teams, Omrani moved to Marseille in 2007, and he continued playing for the OM senior team.
After scoring one goal in six appearances in the league for the club, Billel Omrani moved to CFR Cluj in 2016, but, in a meantime, he played for Arles-Avignon on loan as well. The French attacker has established himself as a first-team regular at the Romanian club, but he has yet to receive a call-up for the France national football team.
Omrani, though, has two caps with the France U19 team. His elder brother Abdelhakim is a footballer as well. Abdelhakim plays for Romanian club Dunarea Calarasi. Omrani’s favourite position in centre-forward, but he is used as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (AZ):
AZ Alkmaar are a professional football club that play their home matches at AFAS Stadion. The venue was opened on 4 August, 2006 and the construction of the stadium cost €38 million. AFAS Stadion is able to hold 17 023 spectators.
The Cheeseheads were founded on 10 May, 1967 and they won their first trophy in 1981, finishing the season 12 points clear of Dutch giants Ajax. 18 years later AZ clinched their second Eredivisie trophy, with the team finishing the 2008/2009 campaign with 80 points, 11 clear of second-placed Twente. In 1981 the club made it to the UEFA Cup final, but English side Ipswich Town proved to be a big catch for the Dutch team.
AZ’s home kits are red and white and they wear black shirts when playing on the road. The likes of Shota Arveladze, Jozy Altidore, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Graziano Pelle, Simon Poulsen, Moussa Dembele and Sergio Romero are notable footballers who played for AZ in the past.