Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After leaving star-studded Serie A side Lazio behind them in the group stages, Cluj will be looking to claim yet another major scalp in the Europa League when they host Sevilla at their Stadionul Dr. Constantin in the first leg of the last 32. The Romanian side aim to keep their 100% record at home intact, but Thursday’s football match against los Sevillanos will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
Julen Lopetegui’s troops are enjoying a very successful season, and, it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win the first leg. However, we are tempted to put our money on draw as Sevilla are not regarded as good travellers. Oliver Torres remains in the recovery room, but the former Atletico Madrid midfielder is the only absentee in the La Liga side. You should know that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
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 (Sevilla):
Sevilla Futbol Club is a Spanish football club from the city Andalucia. The club is playing in the Spanish Primera Division and is playing his home games in Estadio Ramo Sanchez Pizjuan. An impressive venue with the capacity to hold 45 500 football fans. The biggest rival of Sevilla FC is city rival Real Betis Sevilla.The current second team of Sevilla is called Sevilla Atletico and is playing in the Segunda Division B. Nicknames for Sevilla are Los nervionenses and Los Rojiblancos.
Sevilla won the Spanish title once in 1946. In Spain Sevilla won the Copa del Rey 4 times. In European competitions the team had more success. The club managed to win the Europa League 4 times and is currently the most successful club in the Europa League.
The most remarkable players that played for Sevilla FC are: Suker, Zamorano, Alves, Ramos, Rakitic and the legendary Diego Maradona.