FC Botoșani – University of Craiova will be played on Saturday at 17:30 on “Municipal”, the duel will count for the 11th round, the first scheduled in League 1 at the resumption of the truck that was interrupted due to the actions of the national teams.
The two teams are separated at the start of this round by nine places in the standings, Oltenia being on the 2nd place, tied with the FCSB leader, both having 24 points, while the Moldovans are on the 11th place with 11 points.
Both teams face lot problems, FC Botoșani being directly decimated by COVID-19. Even if he hopes that by the time of the game that certain players will be negative, Marius Croitoru will have big problems in trying to form an 11 that will be in front of a team that has victories on the line this season on the opposing field and that- proposed as a goal to win the championship.
The University has five victories out of five possible this season;
A victory, a draw and two defeats is the ranking line of the Moldovans this season at home;
The Moldovans have only one victory in the last nine official matches;
The last five games of the Oltenians in the championship ended with the score of 1-0 (n.r. three victories and two defeats);
Oltenia have won in the last three “live”;
For the Oltenians, the duel on “Municipal” will be the first after parting with Cristiano Bergodi, the Italian leaving the University for personal reasons, his place being taken by Corneliu Papură. Like Croitoru, he also faces team problems with important players infected with the new virus, among them Cicâldău and Bairam.
Regardless of the formula that Croitoru will align, an extremely interesting duel between Moldovans and Oltenians awaits us, as it was every time the two teams were face to face. It is clear that Corneliu Papură’s youngsters will look for the victory in order to remain in the top of League 1, but the Moldavians will also give a suitable reply, all the premises being a spectacular match in which the table will be changed several times. We note that in five of the last six “live” in League 1, the selection “both score” was the winner.
PREDICTION: U Craiova to win @ 1,56