Tuesday, 15:00 GMT, we have CSU Craiova – Dinamo Bucharest, in the Romanian Cup quarter-finals. The only way the visitors can save their season is with this trophy.
CSU Craiova – Qualified for the championship play-off and is one of the few Romanian clubs that actually plays quality football. Mangia really formed a team with great potential. Since Liga 1 returned from the winter break, Craiova has won two games and draw in another two. At home, they haven’t lost a single match on the new stadium – four victories and one draw. With Mitrovic in the goal and Popa in the back, CSU has solved some major defense issues. “It’s like a final, who wins this will surely have the main chance to lift the trophy. Dinamo comes after a major upset, so our opponents will be focused on this objective,” said Marcel Popescu, Craiova’s president, according to GSP.
Dinamo Bucharest – After the 0-2 defeat against Astra, on the road, that also meant missing the play-off, parted ways with coach Miriuta. The board chose a young manager to guide the team through the play-out, former Dinamo player Florin Bratu. The “red dogs” have conceded at least two goals in the last four matches, so the defense is where Bratu should really start his work. But the manager has other things to solve – striker Nemec, probably the best player that Dinamo has under contract, is injured and won’t travel to Craiova. According to Romanian press, left winger Pesici, brought from Hajduk Split this winter break, will probably start as the “false 9”.
CSU Craiova – Dinamo Bucharest – Prediction
The last three CSU Craiova – Dinamo Bucharest encounters finished with the score 2-2. Another interesting aspect of this clash is that the last three meetings in Craiova saw at least one player eliminated and there were shown at least 6 bookings. 28-years old Horatiu Fesnic is the referee and he gave four red cards in his last 10 championship games. A talented, but young referee, who will have to ensure that this game doesn’t get out of hand. And with the current situation, especially when we’re talking about Dinamo, I highly doubt that we’ll have a quiet match.
Prediction: over 5,5 bookings, odds 1.55
CSU Craiova - Dinamo Bucharest