Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Stadion Strelnice will host Thursday’s Conference League clash between Jablonec and Cluj, who meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Jablonec booked their place in the group stages of the new UEFA competition by beating Zilina in the two-legged tie. Petr Rada’s troops made a slow start to the season, but Sunday’s 1-0 win over Karvina undisputedly gave them a confidence boost. Cluj, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the Romanian Liga 1 trophy.
The Romanians failed to beat Crvena zvezda in the Europa League playoffs, and given their display in a 1-0 loss to FC Botosani at the weekend, we believe that home win should be considered. Both Alibec and Omrani, the two important attackers, are rated doubtful for the Jablonec game. The duo missed the Botosani game with injuries, which is probably the main reason why they failed to grab something from the match.
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 (CFR Cluj):
Cluj are one of the oldest clubs in Romania as they were founded back in 1907 when the city of Cluj-Napoca was part of Austria-Hungary. The Feroviarii host their rivals at Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium, the venue which can hold up to 23,500 spectators.
Cluj are one of the most successful Romanian clubs of the 21st century, with the team clinching their fifth domestic trophy in the 2018/2019 season. Universitatea Cluj are considered the club’s fiercest rivals and it has to be noted that they first faced each other back in October, 1920.
The Feroviarii hold rivalries with Dinamo Bucuresti, Rapid Bucuresti, FCSB, Universitatea Craiova and Politehnica Timisoara as well. Speaking of European competitions, Cluj did well to make it to the UEFA Intertoto Cup final in 2005, with the team losing to French club Lens in the double-header. Cluj footballers wear claret shirts and claret shorts when playing at home, whilst the club’s away kit is white.