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CFR Cluj – CSMS Iasi

CFR Cluj CSMS Iasi prediction

CFR Cluj will host CSMS Iasi in the first round of the Romanian Liga 1 playoffs. CFR ended the regular season first in the standings, while Iasi caught the last playoff spot, the 6th place.

CFR finished the regular season at the top of the table, 4 points ahead of FCSB, but their advantage has been trimmed in half due to the playoff rules – so they are now just 2 points in front. CFR has been hands down the best team in Romania this season, they have a good squad and are well coached, and are in great form ahead of these playoffs. CFR won 3 of the 4 games played in 2018, failing to lose only away from home at title rivals FCSB (1-1).

CSMS Iasi reaching the playoffs was unexpected, as the small club was not fancied to reach this stage, but benefited from other results in the last round of the regular season to finish 6th. Iasi took advantage of the futility of better teams like Dinamo or Botosani in 2018 – while these two sides collapsed in the matches played this year, Iasi managed to win 3 out of 4 to record a historic and unlikely performance.

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Team news & lineups:

CFR Cluj will probably miss Vlad, Boli, Nouvier and Coman, while Iasi will be without Qaka and Jo. The visitors might also miss Koselev and Sin.

CFR Cluj: Arlauskis – Manea, Vinicius, Muresan, Camora – Hoban, Culio – Deac, Djokovic, Mailat – Tucudean

CSMS Iasi: Rusu – Bosoi, Frasinescu, Mihalache, Pantiru – Cioinac, Chelaru – Zaharia, Platini, Badic – Cristea

Despite qualifying for the playoffs, Iasi`s situation is not good right now. The club has big financial problems, the players haven`t been paid in three months, and morale in the team is low.

Taking the above into account, and also knowing that Iasi is clearly the worst team in these playoffs, chances are they will be the beating horse in their remaining matches.

CFR Cluj is a very solid side and they barely put a foot wrong at home all season. The hosts have a 10-3-0 stat line at their stadium, with a goal difference of 18-2! They haven`t conceded a goal at home since September, 9 matches ago!

The two teams already played twice this season, CFR winning both meetings: 1-0 at home and 2-0 away.

CFR is in good form, plays excellent at home, and faces an inferior Iasi team which is in turmoil and doesn`t really have much to fight for in these playoffs – as the visitors will likely finish last. CFR on the other hand can not afford to lose points here in their quest to win the title.

My tip is CFR Cluj to cover the -1 asian handicap. Odds on the bet are dropping, which is only natural. Prediction: CFR Cluj – CSMS Iasi 2-0.

Pick: CFR Cluj (-1 Asian Handicap)
Odds: 1.57 @ Pinnacle
Stake: 8
Possible profit: 4.56
Event date: 9 March

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