A fiercely battle for the play-off awaits us on Saturday, 17:45 GMT, in Poli Iasi – FC Viitorul. Which team will see its objective fulfilled?
Poli Iasi – Four wins in a row brought Stoican’s team to 7th place in Liga 1, with 39 points from 25 fixtures, 34-30 aggregate. With just one round remaining in the regular season, Poli Iasi depends solely on its own result to qualify for the first time in the play-off. To summarize how good Poli Iasi is feeling right now, find out that the Moldovans represent the only team to win all three matches since the championship resumption. At home, they have scored in 9 of the last 10 matches. And speaking about the attack, Andrei Cristea received his 7th yellow card of the season last week against Timisoara and is therefore suspended for this clash. Sin is on the injury list, while Mihalache is doubtful.
FC Viitorul – Can the champions miss the play-off? Hagi’s boys currently sit 4th in the league, with 41 points from 25 matches, 33-21 aggregate. On Monday, Ciobanu delivered a 94th minute 2-1 winner against FC Botosani and increased Viitorul’s changes of saving a somehow poor season. Since his return from Fiorentina, Ianis Hagi scored two goals and has demonstrated, once again, leadership values. Fortunately for Gica Hagi, his team has no absents for the trip to Iasi.
Poli Iasi – FC Viitorul – Prediction
The math is pretty clear – Poli Iasi needs all three points to certainly catch a play-off spot, while on a tie, the hosts need Astra to beat Dinamo, in the other match played at the same hour. Viitorul, on the other hand, can qualify with either a victory or a draw, and can even lose, if Dinamo failes to win at Giurgiu. At Ovidiu, Viitorul won 5-2, in a game that was one of the best this season, with just two yellow cards and plenty goal opportunities. However, there were 36 faults, showing that the referee had to intervene from time to time. On Saturday, in “Copou” there will be about -5 degrees. A frozen pitch, tension and a spot to the play-off – the referee will be Ovidiu Hategan, but not even an international referee like him can’t hold in line 22 players desperate to achieve their objective. Add the fact that Hategan showed four red cards in his last 8 games in all competitions, and you’ll understand why we’ve chosen to sustain this prediction.
Prediction: over 6,5 bookings, odds 2.00
Poli Iasi - FC Viitorul