Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Cluj take on KuPS at their Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu in what is expected to be a David-vs-Goliath clash. Cluj were more than unfortunate not to beat Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League qualifiers, but they proved their worth in their Europa League opener, with the team beating Djurgarden on the road thanks to Paulo Vinicius’s goal. The Romanians looked sharp at the back in the third qualifying round, and they are likely to rely on their solid defence in Thursday’s football match.
KuPS, on the other hand, have been playing above expectations in the Europa League qualifiers, with the team eliminating the likes of Slovan Bratislava and Suduva in the process. The Finnish outfit, though, face an uphill task in the Europa League playoffs, and given their shaky defence, we predict that the hosts are going to book their place in the group stages.
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 (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.