Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rennes at Roazhon Park, Cluj climbed to second place in Group E, moving one step closer to booking their spot in the knockout stages. The Romanian outfit, who have been producing splendid performances in the Europa League this season, will be without right-back Mateo Susic in Thursday’s football match as he was sent off in the 1-0 win over Rennes.
Rennes duo Mendy -Camavinga is out of contention through suspension as well, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Cluj did well to beat Lazio at home earlier in the process, and they are definitely capable of defeating the Ligue 1 side, who have been struggling in the national championship in the first half of the season. French attacker Billel Omrani is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
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 (Rennes):
Stade Rennais Football Club or simply Rennes is a French football club which was founded on March 10, 1901. The club is one of the founding members of the French Ligue 1 and they are nicknamed Les Rouges et Noirs. Roazhon Park is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold 29.778 people. Rennes have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they won Coupe de France title on two occasions (1964/1965, 1970/1971). Speaking of Coupe de la Ligue, les Rouges et Noirs made it to the final of the competition in the 2012/2013 season, but they were beaten by Saint Etienne (1-0) in the title game at Stade de France.
A number of top-class footballers played for Stade Rennais Football Club in the past and the likes of Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand are considered the club’s most notable players. Rennes footballers wear black and red jerseys when playing at home, while they wear white when playing on the travels.