CFR Cluj hosts Slavia Praha in a first match from the playoffs of the Champions League
CFR Cluj hosts Slavia Praha in a first match from the playoffs of the Champions League. Let’s take a look at this clash in the city of Cluj-Napoca in our Champions League predictions. Let’s go.
CFR Cluj caused a huge upset in the previous round of the qualifiers, eliminating the Scottish champion Celtic. The Romanian side was regarded an underdog in this tie, but Dan Petrescu’s boys played a terrific game at the Celtic Park and moved one step closer to the Champions League group stage.
After a 1-1 draw on Romanian soil, Celtic were in a better position to win this tie. But the Scottish giant was shocked in Glasgow, because CFR Cluj won the second leg with 4-3 away from home. Until the 80th minute Celtic had an one goal lead, but in the last minutes the Romanians striked twice and progressed. The French striker Billel Omrani scored a brace at the Celtic Park, while Ciprian Deac and Marius Tucudean also put their names on the scoresheet. Surely it was one of CFR Cluj’s greatest European nights.
Slavia Praha on the other hand begin their Champions League participation from the playoffs after winning the title in the Czech league. Since the start of the new season in the Czech Liga, Slavia are leaders in the standings with 16 points won from six games played. They have a near perfect record of five wins and one draw in the games played so far.
In their last league game Slavia Praha faced Ceske Budejovice away from home and celebrated a convincing 3-0 win. Nicolae Stanciu, Peter Olayinka and Milan Skoda scored for the champions. It was a relatively easy game for Jindich Trpisovsky’s team.
These are our Champions League predictions for the playoff game between CFR Cluj and Slavia Praha on Tuesday.