2010-07-18 - CFR Cluj v Unirea Urziceni
Sports Betting Preview by ROzsolt
Football: Romanian Supercup
Venue: Dr. Constantin Radulescu stadium, Cluj
Sunday 18th July – Kickoff time: 20:30 GMT+2
With 2 titles and 3 Romanian cups in the last 3 years, CFR is the best team Romania can give at this moment. The recipe with many players brought from all around the world (most of them from Argentina, Brazil, Portugal and Italy) has proved to be a winner.
CFR has been quite active on the transfer market, they signed Dominic Kivuvu (NEC Nijmegen), Sasa Bjelanovic (Vicenza), Felice Piccolo (Empoli) and a young Romanian International, Ioan Hora (Bistrita). De Zerbi (Napoli) is also expected to join the team before the end of the month. These names may not mean a lot but they are just what this team needs, most of the players are playing together for 2 or 3 years so the group is quite solid.
They had some good results on the pre-season preparation games, most important was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht. Their only defeat in six games was against Slavia Praga 2-4, but coach Andrea Mandorlini tested a new system with 3 defenders at that game. This system will obviously not be implemented in official games.
This match will be played in Cluj, and CFR will have a great support, tickets are expected to sell-out.
Unirea will start the championship with the same squad, there were no transfers made this summer. This team was created by Dan Petrescu who had some great results, he won the championship in 2009 for the first time in their history and had a decent run in the UCL group stage, accumulating 8 points.
The players remained the same, but they are now coached by Ronny Levy who showed that he can continue his predecessors work just fine. Finishing 2nd last season was no surprise, Unirea in my opinion is the best organized team from the Romanian league, with players that may not have a great quality but they compensate by working a lot.
However they have developed a complex against CFR Cluj, they never managed to defeat them in their entire history (which is not long). Since 2006 when they first met, in 10 games Unirea only managed to avoid defeat 3 times, so that’s a clear advantage for CFR before this game.
Unirea just received a bad news from Uefa, they will face Zenit Sankt-Petersburg in the UCL qualifiers which seems to be a very difficult fixture for them. But they have the example of FC Timisioara in 2009 when they eliminated favorites Shakthar Donetsk in the UCL qualifiers.
The Betting Verdict :
Unirea over the last few years made their way up in the Romanian and why not international football, they could defeat anyone from the Liga 1 at this moment, with one exception: CFR Cluj. Urziceni have not discovered yet the cure against CFR and I don’t think they will do it in the near future.
CFR are hard to stop in their trophy winning spree, they are thirsty to add more and more trophies to their collection. With striker Traore in great form and newcomer Bjelanovic who promises a lot, CFR should break Unirea’s defense at least once and keep the cup home.
CFR are likely to win but remember that this is their first official game in the new season so keep the stakes reasonable.
The Pick :
FIXED ODDS BETTING :Main bet: CFR Cluj to win at 2.1 Bet365
Side bet: Unirea Urziceni not to score at 2.2 Unibet