Not all clubs are expecting a long holiday this summer as qualification for the Champions League is about to start. Here is our prediction for Pyunic vs CFR Cluj. For full statistics and odds for the match, look at 1xbet.ng.
Pyunik is an experienced European Cup fighter
The Armenian grandee is known even outside the country, thanks to its performances in European competitions. Last season, the club won the domestic championship, which happened for the first time since 2015. Pyunik cannot boast great success in European competitions, but the very fact of participation in Champions League qualification is already an event. Even though it’s an early stage, they are coming up against some formidable opponents, so there is little chance of progressing to the next round. Even if they drop out of the tournament, the European Cup season will not be over.
Cluj want to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League
The Romanian club often plays in such European Cup qualifiers, where they aim to reach the group stage. Cluj have experience of playing in the Champions League main draw, so getting there is quite realistic. Last season, CFR won the Romanian championship for the fifth time in a row and for the eighth time overall. The club played four friendlies this summer and won all of them, beating serious rivals such as Hajduk 2-0 and Partizan 1-0.
Prediction for the match
In a confrontation between two experienced rivals, bookmakers give the advantage to the visitors. The Romanian champion is indeed superior in class, but Pyunik must be taken as seriously as possible. We expect football where the game will be tough, although the teams should create a number of dangerous chances. Cluj should have the advantage in such a confrontation, even in a foreign field. We suggest to bet on the victory of the guests with a handicap -1 goal.