Third League side Comuna Recea will host second division side Universitatea Cluj in the 4th round of the Romanian Cup.
Comuna Recea is a small and honest rural team in Romania, which competes in the third tier of Romanian football. They are a good team there, as they finished second last year in their series (18 points behind the winners, which were today`s opponents U Cluj). This year they are sitting on the 5th place after three rounds.
Universitatea Cluj is one of the oldest and best supported teams in Romania. The club was forced to start from scratch a few years ago after going bankrupt, but has slowly climbed back the ladder and is now in the second division, fighting for promotion to the top tier. The team is currently 5th in the Liga 2 standings after six rounds and has an excellent squad for Liga 2 standards, filled with ex Liga 1 players and even with guys who no later than a few years ago were playing for the Romanian national team (Sepsi, Florescu, Goga).Bet on Comuna Recea v U Cluj and get your 100% (100 Eur) bonus at Ohmbet now!
Team news: For Comuna Recea this will be a big match and they are expected to give their best here. U Cluj might rest a few players as they played in the league on Monday, but on the other hand they don`t play again until next Monday, so they will have time for rest. A mix of regulars with a couple of youngsters is expected in the starting lineup for the visitors according to the local press and fan forums.
Universitatea Cluj has a ton more quality, their squad is full of players who could easily play in Liga 1, but chose to help Cluj because they love the club. On the other hand, Recea is just a small village team which barely has professional status.
Last season, when the two teams were competing in the same series, they met three times. U Cluj won all three meetings: 3-2 and 2-0 in the League and 5-1 in the Cup (as they met in this competition last year as well). Cluj is now much better, having made key signings over the summer.
The only question here is how motivated will Cluj be and how much they will rotate the squad.
There`s no doubt that the visitors will have plenty of motivation, as the Cup is very important for them this season. Fans, officials and players have expressed their desire to go far and host Liga 1 clubs, so from this point of view there shouldn`t be any problems. As for squad rotation, all reports suggest a solid lineup with only a few tweaks here and there.
U Cluj should have too much here and hand Comuna Recea another beating after they also abused them last year. The bet looks good but I will only recommend medium stakes because this is a low level match, and quite honestly I haven`t watched these two teams play. In normal circumstances I wouldn`t bet without having seen the teams, but I reckon there`s some value here because the bookies don`t know that much about the encounter.
My tip is U Cluj to win. Prediction: Comuna Recea – Universitatea Cluj 0-2.