Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a 3-1 win over Rennes Celtic clinched top position in Group E. The Hoops have already got their job done in the Europa League group stages, but they surely want to give their loyal fans yet another reason for celebration. Regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that the Scottish champions are going to stick to their attacking style of play against Cluj.
The Romanian side have been playing above expectations in the Europa League this season, and, as a result, they are on the verge of booking their place in the last 32. Seeing that Celtic have nothing to play for in Thursday’s clash, we predict that the hosts are going to advance to the knockout stages with a draw against Neil Lennon’s charges. When the two teams met at Celtic Park earlier in the process, the Hoops defeated Cluj 3-1.
Highlighted Player (George Tucudean):
George Tucudean is a Romanian striker who started his youth career at Atletico Arad. Tucudean, on the other hand, began his senior career at UTA Arad and after scoring 21 goals in 53 appearances for the club in the league, he moved to famous Romanian club Dinamo Bucuresti in 2010.
The list of clubs he played for is pretty long and it has to be noted that he was producing splendid performances with Viitorul Constanta in the 2017/2018 season. George Tucudean was the top scorer of the Romanian first division that season, but in the summer of 2018 he moved to Cluj. He repeated the success with his new club, scoring 18 goals in 27 appearances for Cluj in the Romanian top flight.
As a result, he was named Romanian Footballer of the year for 2018 by local newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor. Tucudean scored his first goal for the Romanian national team in a 2-1 win over Israel on March 24, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Celtic):
The Celtic Football Club boasts a proud over 100-year long history which has made The Bhoys a global brand thanks to their unprecedented social awareness that dates to the very beginnings of this Scottish club. Celtic was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money to help their fellow citizens.
The charity legacy continues to this day with Celtic still preserving their charitable traditions through the Celtic FC Foundation. The Celts play their home matches at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 people. One of the two most successful football clubs in Scotland with 47 Scottish League Championship titles to their name, Celtic have a long-standing fierce rivalry with Rangers, with the clubs known as the Old Firm.
European Cup winners from season 1966-67 and runners-up two years later, Celtic have been regular in European competitions since their first appearance in 1962-63. Their other most standout results have been runners-up in the EUFA Cup in 2003 and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.