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CFR Cluj (Rou) - Malmo FF (Swe) 24 Jul

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  • CFR Cluj (Rou) - Malmo FF (Swe) 24 Jul

    2.06 3.17 3.59

  • #2
    Well as a general note romanian footy is typical fading material, joke of a league and no real prospects to change that. Of course CFR does look like a serious team, with money invested in experienced players and decent coaches but its just for the sake of fast success, they always done that and it is a good recipe since local league is just too crap. But regarding euro level they are ofc nowhere and this speculative approach of their can only work with big luck and lowly opponents. Dont know much about Malmo, to be honest i watched them last round at Orebro and i wasnt impressed but the game was affected by heat and was lacking real tempo. Malmo used high line of pressing and suffered at dead balls. Main strenght of CfR is dead balls, they main course on scoring goals so judgeging from what i saw they will have a hard time making a clean sheet, ofc if they use same tactics but i guess they will be more deep and play rather safe, will just have to wait.
    It is not a good moment for CFR. Won supercup vs Craiova and drew in first round at home vs Botosani leaving a not so great impression. Coach Edy Iordanescu was brought to change that shamefull long ball and defense first of Petrescu which was regarded as shamefull by local fans. Watching his post game interviews you can see they have issues: physical level not at best, too short time for coach to change mecanism as they still go long for the tall striker or deep for the winger and new coach wants shorter passes and more creativity but the team is basically the same from last year and they lack creativity. Odds look fair to me and if i were to bet i would incline Malmo but dont really know them that well and they dont strike me as solid as i would expect a swedish team to be and they missed top-scorer Rosemberg at Orebro, dont know his status atm. Prolly will wait for in-play to get a bigger picture.
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    • #3
      You're not the only Romanian that is a bit critical of the local league and sceptical of the potential of CFR...

      Romanian football may not be on the up but on balance I still think that the Romanian league is a tad more competitive than the Swedish league... Malmo certainly isn't at the same level where they were in 1979 when they lost the Intercontinental Cup to my favorite club - Olimpia Asuncion.

      Of course Malmö is used to dominating the Swedish league (as the Bayern of the Allsvenskan) but right now they're 11 points behind AIK Solna who lead the league and sit 8 points behind Norrköping who are in 3rd place (the last place for EL qualifiers) and have a game in hand. Crucially they will also play Norrköping this weekend which is a must win game for Malmö. Cluj, on the other hand, are under less pressure given the nature of the Romanian league (with playoffs of the top teams after the regular season). Cluj will play newly-promoted Dunarea away this weekend.

      While Malmo has experienced a real turnaround under Uwe Rösler, I do favor the Romanians to win the playoff although I think they may also struggle to qualify for the group stages. I've taken Cluj to qualify at 1.85.

      Although they dominated Botosani last weekend, Cluj failed to get anything out of that game. Partly that was due to Edy Ioardanescu taking a very cautious approach and fielding an unchanged side from the team that won the league last year. But Cluj have acquired some talented younger players and Ioardanescu could field a younger and more dynamic side tonight...

      Overall this should be a fairly-even contest but I favor Cluj to qualify.

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      • #4
        I also appreciate the Romanian Championship as better than the Swedish.
        I think Cluj is a favorite to continue and should take an advance on his own field
        Cluj 1 DNB 1.57

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Juzni vetar View Post
          I also appreciate the Romanian Championship as better than the Swedish.
          I think Cluj is a favorite to continue and should take an advance on his own field
          Cluj 1 DNB 1.57
          Those odds seem a bit low. Pinnacle offer the AH(0) for 1.7. At the moment it seems the odds on Cluj are rising so it may get to 1.8 or 1.9. I think those odds are worthwhile.

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          • #6
            Probably around 60/40 advantage at home for Cluj. Maybe 50/50 in the return leg. Romanian league is better than the swedish. Particularly the bigger romanian teams a step up in class for the likes of Malmö. MFF been poor this season. Slightly on the upswing lately, but still wont be enough. If odds are at 1,80-1,90 thats real good!!
            Last edited by IFKG; 24-07-18, 15:41.

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            • #7
              I should also mention the fact that swedish teams playing in europe this time of year have a ridiculous game schedule. We often see them totally drained physically. You see this with AIK in their last Europa league game. They looked smoked physically in parts of the game. The swedish FA need to somehow fix this anual problem from reacurring.
              Malmö have now a decent bench with new signings like Christiansen and Co. Malmö therefor maybe can handle it better though than the avarage swedish side!?

              Sidenotes: prelific central balancing midfielder Bachirou not taking part in the game. A strong position for Malmö though. Should not effect that much.
              Last edited by IFKG; 24-07-18, 15:55.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by IFKG View Post
                I should also mention the fact that swedish teams playing in europe this time of year have a ridiculous game schedule. We often see them totally drained physically. You see this with AIK in their last Europa league game. They looked smoked physically in parts of the game. The swedish FA need to somehow fix this anual problem from reacurring.
                Malmö have now a decent bench with new signings like Christiansen and Co. Malmö therefor maybe can handle it better though than the avarage swedish side!?

                Sidenotes: prelific central balancing midfielder Bachirou not taking part in the game. A strong position for Malmö though. Should not effect that much.
                Swedish teams had five weeks off over the summer, and there haven't been any midweek rounds since they came back. Ok it has been hot, and AIK and Hacken were poor last week in those second legs that they didn't need to win, but it's nothing to do with the schedule. AIK have played two league games since 26th May. It's also surely less hot in Sweden than most places in Europe. If AIK were smoked because of a couple of extra games in the schedule against Shamrock Rovers, it suggests some deeper problems.

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                • #9
                  Im only concluding what everyone in swedish club football mention regarding this issue. Malmö coach said his team played 8 games inn3 weeks. Fairly rarely do we have the WC as well. Malmö is one of few clubs that can cope with this problem for sure tho.

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                  • #10
                    Anyway, Cluj should win this at home. 1x Ill go for this together with some other bets.

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                    • #11
                      again, I see this as a BTTS match and odds look tasty to me @2.37

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                      • #12
                        Wow! Thats a great one. Malmö at times wobbly at defensive set pieces where I heard Cluj was good at scoring as well. Malmö could potentially score if Strandberg and Rosenberg are in good mood.

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                        • #13
                          and yet another muppet !! FO!!
                          ...but then again, who does?

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                          • #14
                            Arlauskis butter hands and 0-1.I get lucky to close my bet 5 minutes before this goal.

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                            • #15
                              lmao big goalie mistake.

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