Saturday evening starting 16:00 GMT, Dan Păltinişanu stadium in Timisoara will host the duel Poli Timisoara vs CSMS Iasi . At the time there will be a cloudy sky and 4°C.
Poli Timisoara are holding the 10th league position with 26 points but have no chance of getting into the playoffs. Their last home win dates 28.10.2017 when they managed to defeat Astra (2-1), the victory goal coming after their only shot on target in the second half. Since then, they’ve had disappointing results at home, drawing with Sepsi, FC Botosani and Medias, while losing in clear fashion to FCSB (0-3), Concordia Chiajna (0-3) and CSU Craiova (0-2). Their newly signed coach, Leo Grozavu brought with him 2 new players aside from the 5 newly signed by their former coach, Ionut Popa.
Leo Grozavu’s statement before the match: “A hard match awaits us, against a team that has won their last 3 rounds. We are aware of Iasi’s potential, and we will see what we can prove on the field. We have a lot of new players and we are just starting to know each other but that does not mean we are looking for an alibi. We must use all our forces to try and avoid defeat against Iasi. I’m still unsure about the new players and need to form an opinion in the upcoming 2-3 weeks, before the play-out.”
CSMS Iasi is currently ranked #7 in Liga 1 with realistic chances of getting the last spot in the playoff. They are coming after 3 consecutive wins, having defeated FC Botosani and Juventus Bucharest at home and securing an away win against Voluntari. This game is really important for them as their last playoff deciding match will be find them home against champions Viitorul Constanta, next Saturday. Disregarding the match against Sepsi, when they are playing away, they only seem to have problems against higher tier opponents, losing to Dinamo Bucharest (2-1), CFR Cluj (1-0) and Viitorul (5-2), while snatching a draw on their visit on the National Arena against FCSB.
Poli Timisoara vs CSMS Iasi: Head-to-head matches
|24.09.17||L1||CSMS Iasi||Poli Timisoara||1 : 1|
|14.05.17||L1||Poli Timisoara||CSMS Iasi||1 : 1|
|01.04.17||L1||CSMS Iasi||Poli Timisoara||1 : 0|
|20.02.17||L1||Poli Timisoara||CSMS Iasi||2 : 1|
|30.09.16||L1||CSMS Iasi||Poli Timisoara||0 : 1|
|29.05.16||L1||Poli Timisoara||CSMS Iasi||2 : 3|
Poli Timisoara vs CSMS Iasi: Prediction
All things considered, i think CSMS Iasi will not miss the chance to stay in Dinamo’s back and challange them for the last playoff spot in next week’s home match againt Viitorul Constanta. Poli Timisoara’s coach isn’t really confident in his team and his expectations for this match are rather low.
Prediction: CSMS Iasi Draw No Bet @1.73