Shakhtyor Soligorsk take on the visitors CFR Cluj in the first leg of UEFA Conference League qualification semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, August 4th at Stroitel Stadion (Soligorsk).
Shakhtyor Soligorsk do not know how to play in the European arena. And the point here is not even the strength of the opponent, it's just that the Pitmen have some kind of fad... Now Shakhtyor Soligorsk have a series of more than 10 games on the Euro arena without victories, and they have not always been in these rivals of the average European level, there were also frank outsiders, but this did not help them in any way. The Pitmen are regaining their leading positions in the national championship, and they have a big goal for the second half of the season - to become champions again. Since they will probably have to finish the European Cup trip in a couple of weeks ... But in a small defense of Shakhtyor, one can say that this season they are wildly unlucky with rivals. Powerful Maribor at the start of the league of champion selection, and in the "conference league" the Romanian champion right off the bat.
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CFR Cluj are quite recognizable in European football. In the Champions League, the Romanian team has not reached the group stage for a long time, but in smaller tournaments they managed to play in the autumn stage of the season. They lost in the Champions League battle to the Armenian Pyunik. It would be foolish to argue that the Romanian team is much more experienced and of high quality than the team from Soligorsk. And not even the most confident move of Cluj at the start of the season - it doesn’t take away their favorite status here. As for the first match of this battle, there could easily be a scenario of confrontation between Shakhtyor and Maribor, we do not expect too active development of events in this battle, but the status of the favorite at the same time remains with the Romanian club.
The duel can get frankly boring. After all, the maximum that Shakhtyor can offer the opponent is to close the game and hope for a final 0-0. So the Romanian team can fit into the same sleepy game, since Cluj is not a particularly attacking team in general. Our recommendation for this match: X2+TM(3.5). Such a combination looks quite passable, since there is no faith in Shakhtar's victory at all.
Prediction for the match: CFR Cluj to win with +0.5 handicap (X2) and under 3.5 scored goals.