Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu will host Thursday’s Conference League game between Cluj and Jablonec. Cluj are stuck at the bottom with only one point in their pocket, and, as a result, they have nothing to play for in the last group match. Head coach Daniel Petrescu should rest key players against Jablonec, with all Bordeianu, Chipciu, Stefan, and Paun pushing for a start. The Czechs, on the other hand, are still in the race for a spot in the Conference League knockout stages.
Since a win over Cluj should see Jablonec secure a top-two finish, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting side. Midfielder Vojtech Kubista should be recalled to the starting XI after serving his one-game domestic ban in a 2-1 win over Bohemians at the weekend. Earlier in the process Jablonec defeated Cluj 1-0 thanks to Pilar’s goal.
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 (Jablonec):
FK Jablonec are a Czech side who compete in the Czech 1. Liga. Jablones are well known for their green and white kit, whilst their away colours are black and gray. The Czech outfit play their home games at Stadion Strelnice, the venue which can hold up to 6,108 spectators.
Jablonec are not considered one of the most successful Czech sides, but they did well to win the domestic cup on two occasions. In the 1997/1998 season they defeated Petra Drnovice in the final, whereas they clinched their second title by beating Mlada Boleslav on penalties in the title game. The likes of Petr Rada, David Lafata, Tomas Hubschman and Ludek Pernica are the club’s most notable players.
Jablonec finished the 2017/2018 season in third place in the standings, which helped them book their place in the Europa League. The Czech team will take on Rennes, Astana and Dinamo Kiev in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.