Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Stadion Balgarska Armija will host Thursday’s Europa League game between CSKA Sofia and Cluj. CSKA Sofia made it to the group stages by beating Basel 3-1 on the road, and, no doubt, the Bulgarians are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Cluj. The Romanians, on the other hand, were beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League qualifiers, but thanks to back-to-back wins over Djurgarden and Kups, they booked their place in the Europa League group stages.
The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions, and seeing that they are evenly matched, we believe that punters can find value in betting on draw. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Gambia international Ali Sowe, while CSKA defenders should have Cluj summer signing Gabriel Debeljuh, who scored 12 goals for Hermannastadt last season, at bay.
Highlighted Player (Stefan Colovic):
Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on April 16, 1994, Stefan Colovic is a winger who plays for Irish side Dundalk. During his youth career, Colovic played for the likes of Crvena Zvezda, Rad, Atletico Madrid, and Partizan, and he returned to Rad at the start of his senior career.
The pacey winger was part of Drina Zvornik, Sloboda Tuzla, Jagodina, Radnicki Pirot, Kolubara, and Proleter Novi Sad as well before joining Dundalk. Colovic made his Dundalk debut on March 6, 2020 in a 4-0 win at Finn Harps. He scored his first goal for the Lilywhites in a 3-1 loss to Sligo Rovers five months late.
His main position is right winger, but he is used as a left winger as well. Stefan Colovic has yet to earn a call-up for the Serbia national team. His preferred foot is left, and he has a contract with Dundalk until December 2021.
Highlighted Team (Molde):
Based in Molde, Norway, Molde FK are one of the most successful Eliteserien clubs of the century. The Blues won their fourth domestic championship in 2019, with the team finishing the process 14 points clear of second-place Bodo.
However, Molde failed to defend their trophy the following season as Bodo looked unstoppable in the Norwegian top flight. Speaking of the Norwegian Cup, the Blues clinched their fourth silverware in 2014, with the team beating Odd 2-0 in the title game. The Eliteserien outfit play home games at Aker Stadion, the venue with the capacity of 11,249 spectators.
Thanks to a second-place finish in the 1998 Eliteserien campaign, Molde qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever. As a result, the likes of Real, Porto, and Olympiakos visited Norway. Molde are well known for their blue shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing white jerseys and blue shorts when playing on the road.