CFR Cluj – Malmo is the first leg of an interesting match-up in the Uefa Champions League qualification stage where CFR Cluj is back after an absence of five years since the last time they’ve been in such a competition, and Malmo which have more experience in this field. The game will start at 18:00 and it will take place on Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu in Cluj Napoca, Romania.
CFR Cluj are back in the Champions League competition after they won the title in Romania. It was a close affair between them and FCSB but in the end they very the most solid team in the league and they won it just in the last game of the Championship. This one will be at a whole new level for them as they weren’t present in European competitions much and that could be a problem for them. CFR Cluj haven’t lost a game since last year of September where they lost a championship match away from home with 2-1. The Romanian side is favorite to win this first game and it should be that way because in such an important contest they should take advantage of the home ground and the most important thing is not to concede a goal.
Malmo are coming into this game with also a high morale but they haven’t got the winning streak as their opponents. They are now on a five games unbeaten streak and it will be really hard to keep it that way after this one. Last time out they barely won away from home against Orebro away from home. Their opponents have missed a penalty as well. In the Allsvenskan they are doing pretty bad being on the 6th position after 15 games and being in the top three teams will be really hard to achieve. Their main goal in my opinion is to be present in the Champions League groups and for that this is the game where they should focus more because it will be a big plus if they qualify to the group stages.
CFR Cluj – Malmo: Head-to-Head
This will be the first ever game played by these two teams against each other.
CFR Cluj – Malmo: Prediction
CFR Cluj are favorites to take this one home and they have all that it takes to do so. They are very positive after a great last Championship and their preparation stage were excellent. They didn’t lost a game since September last year and they shouldn’t start doing that at this point. They had a tough Super-Cup game which they won eventually and they drew in the weekend against Botosani, but they have what it takes to win this game. Malmo on the other hand are not really the team that they were last year and with these playing style they won’t finish in the top 3 in Sweden. My prediction for this one is below.
Prediction: CFR Cluj to win, Odds: 2.10
Stake: 10 units