Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After sharing the spoils with Rennes at Roazhon Park, Celtic will be aiming to record their first win of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign when they host Cluj at their Celtic Park. The Hoops head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Hibernian, but despite dropping two points in their last league fixture, they remained in top position in the Scottish Premier League standings.
Celtic have yet to find their best form in the new season, but seeing that they are eager to get their revenge on Cluj for a shocking loss in the Champions League qualifiers, we are tempted to put our money on the Scottish champions. The Romanians are enjoying a season to remember, with the team sitting in top position in the national championship, while beating Lazio in their Europa League opener. However, seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Neil Lennon’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Fraser Forster):
Originating from Hexham, Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who spent his early career at Newcastle United, but surprisingly did not make a single Premier League appearance during the seven years at St James’ Park. Forster first showed promise during the loan spell with Norwich City, but it was the stint with Celtic that earned him wide acclaim and saw him become an England international.
After spending four years at Parkhead, the highly rated goalkeeper returned to the Premier League to sign for Southampton and he has since acted as club’s number one goalkeeper. Forster has been a member of the England national team since 2013, usually acting as a back up for Joe Hart, making a handful of appearances in international friendlies.
Forster was in the Three Lions squad at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and with quite a few of good years in front of him, the towering goalkeeper should get the opportunity to win few more England caps before he retires from football.
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.