Astana - Cluj
Astana welcomes Cluj in the first qualifying round for the Champions League. The weather is hot but not as hot as it could be. Around 27 degrees expected. Astana is quite the favorite today but I really don`t like them today. Astana is on a decline in the league where they lost 5 times and are about to lose the first place to Tobol or maybe to someone else. The defense is struggling lately and many teams have exploited that. Some key players left in the previous season and the team is not as strong. Tomasov, who I don`t rate very high is the team s top goal scorer. They are lacking on the offensive.
Cluj, which is lead by Dan Petrescu had a great preparation period and won against the likes of Sparta, Osijek, Orenburg, drew with Crvena Zvezda. The team remains the same while they brought in some midfielders and attackers. Cluj is playing on a good level lately and even if they are not in a competitive rhythm, I like their chances today.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 09.07. 15:00h