Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Cluj and CSKA Sofia face each other at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu in the Europa League round 5. Cluj aim to keep their knockout stages alive, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at CSKA Sofia. Cluj defeated CSKA in Bulgaria in their opener, and the Romanians are once again seen as favourites to win the match. Both Deac and Hoban have been tested positive for coronavirus, and the duo is unlikely to feature against CSKA Sofia.
The Bulgarians, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Europa League group stages this term. CSKA Sofia have slim chances of securing a place in the last 32, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Cluj. Even though Brazilian midfielder Geferson has overcome his injury, the visitors are likely to return to the Bulgarian capital empty-handed.
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 (CSKA Sofia):
CSKA Sofia are a Bulgarian football club that welcome their rivals at Bulgarian Army Stadium. The Armymen are well known for their red shirts, while they wear white jerseys on the travels. The Reds won their 31st national championship in the 2007/08 season, with the team finishing the process 16 points clear of the second-place Levski Sofia.
CSKA have won 20 Bulgarian Cup titles (last in 2016). Levski Sofia are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two teams. CSKA made it to the Champions League semis on two occasions.
In the 1966/67 campaign the Armymen were more than unfortunate not to beat Inter in the semifinals, with the team losing to Bayern Munchen 7-4 (on agg.) in their second attempt to go all the way in the elite competition. CSKA Sofia’s home ground was opened in 1967, and it can hold up to 22,995 spectators.