CFR Cluj vs. Soligorsk Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 11, 2022 19:00 CET
Cluj was shockingly eliminated by Pyunik in the Champions League and they will be fully focused to prevent the same from happening against Soligorsk in the Conference League.
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Cluj won fifth consecutive title in Romania in May. After a poor result in Europe last season, they hoped that would change, but they were left in shock. In the first round of the Champions League qualfiying, Cluj was sensationally eliminated by Pyunik. In 89th minute, Armenian champion scored a goal which took the game to overtime (1:1), and then in 119th minute they tied again (2:2). Penalty shootout decided the winner and Pyunik was better.
After the unexpected elimination from the Champions League, reports from Romania said that head coach Dan Petrescu will be fired. That didn’t happen because Cluj would have to pay a big compensation. Petrescu made several changes in the squad and Cluj looks better and better from game to game.
In the first match against Soligorsk, neither team was dominant on the pitch and 0:0 was a realistic result. Cluj will play much more offensively at home and they will try to gain an advantage as soon as possible. If they don’t reach the Conference League group stage, club would be in serious financial trouble. Because of this, everyone’s focus will be at maximum.
Football in Belarus has been in serious decline for several years. Last season, no club reached the third round of the Conference League qualifying and now only Soligorsk is playing in that stage. They received a bye so they didn’t need to play in the second qualifying round at all.
In addition to poor results, Belarusian clubs cannot play European matches at home this season. Soligorsk played their first game against Cluj in Adapazari, Turkey. Belarus champion played three European games this season and still hasn’t scored a goal. They lost against Maribor 2:0 on aggregate, while last week it was 0:0 against Cluj.
In the Conference League playoffs, winner of this match will probably play against Maribor. If Soligorsk advance, they will have a chance to take revenge on the Slovenians for elimination from a month ago. However, Soligorsk is an outsider in Romania and they will need the best match so far in order to win or at least reach the penalty shootout.
Cluj and Soligorsk played the only game against each other last week when it was 0:0.
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CFR Cluj vs. Soligorsk Prediction
Cluj won’t allow themselves to be eliminated in this clash. For them, this match is extremely important and they will do everything they need to win. Having learned from the experience against Pyunik, they certainly won’t be satisfied with 1:0 lead and they will immediately look for a second goal. Soligorsk is not at that level of quality and can hardly threaten to Cluj.
Date and Time: 11.08.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: CFRCluj -1 (AH)