With Olimpia Satu Mare and ASA Targu-Mures out of the Romanian second league, only three relegation spots are now “available”. Saturday, 09:00 GMT, we have Pandurii Tg-Jiu – Metaloglobus, a fixture with serious implications in the bottom half of the table.
Pandurii Tg-Jiu – Was once upon a time in the Europa League groups, fighting with opponents like Fiorentina, Dnipro or Paços Ferreira. Now, the team is fighting to avoid relegation in the third tier of Romanian football. Adrian Bogoi’s men are now 19th in Liga 2, with 18 points from 21 fixtures, 27-37 aggregate. Also battling financial issues, Pandurii changed quite a lot this winter when it comes to their roster. Thereby, Ciprian Rus, Vlad Bujor, Constantin Drugă, Sergiu Homei, Daniel Lung or Enis Djurkovic left the team, while Gabriel Dodoi was declared a free agent by FRF. The 19-years old striker had 7 goals for his team. With a lot of newcomers and many youngsters, Adrian Bogoi will have a difficult mission in the remaining 15 matches. Pandurii has yet to win at home this season, drawing in 5 games and losing the other 5. Skoric and Sendroiu are injured and won’t be able to help their club right now.
Metaloglobus – A forgotten team, with some history behind it, but one that never played before so high as the second league. Stands 13th in the championship, with 23 points from 21 matches, 20-27 aggregate. Has the second worse attack in Liga 2, after Sportul Snagov (16 goals) – if we exclude Olimpia Satu Mare, withdrawn from the league. Seeing that things don’t go according to the initial plan, the board chose to bring 40-years old Alin Chita as the new manager. Metaloglobus had an interesting mercato, bringing experienced players like Ispir or Rosu. Lost a single friendly in this winter break, 1-3 against Juventus Bucharest.
Pandurii Tg-Jiu – Metaloglobus – Prediction
This week, the weather in Romania has been really cold, and things won’t change over the weekend. Giving the fact that the match will be played at Motru, I’m pretty sure that we will have a far from perfect pitch. Even in these conditions, we’ll see players ready for action, especially for the home side. Many will seek a new team at the end of the season, so they must make a good impression in the remaining matches. On the reverse, Pandurii won 3-2, but two of their goals were scored by Dodoi. However, with poor defenses on both sides, I advise you to bet on the following prediction.
Prediction: both to score, odds 1.61
Pandurii Tg-Jiu - Metaloglobus