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Shakhtyor vs CFR Cluj Prediction & Match Preview

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Shakhtyor vs CFR Cluj Prediction & Match Preview

Shakhtyor vs CFR Cluj
UEFA Europa Conference League
Date: Thursday, 4 August 2022
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stroitel Stadion.

Shakhtyor have been going through short stretches of wins and then short stretches of winless games for almost the entirety of the year. Consistency has been huge issue for them in 2022. Meanwhile Cluj had lifted the Romanian title in style the last season and seem determined to secure an entry into the upcoming edition of the Conference League.

They had a lead of 14 points at the end of the regular season at the top of the table, and they had let in the least number of goals of all the teams in the tournament. In fact, other than them, not a single team in the competition had managed to keep the number of conceded goals below 20.

Meanwhile, Shakhtyor are the Belarusian champions, but it needs to be taken into account that they are struggling to find form lately. And this has been an issue that they have faced even in front of their home crowd.

It goes without saying that they are under huge pressure this Thursday, as they appear for this crucial fixture, which will determine their fate in Europe.

By the looks of things, it is expected that CFR Cluj will deliver a winning performance on the road.

Shakhtyor were winless in 3 of their past 6 overall games and they were able to keep a single clean sheet during this run of 6 fixtures. They had also lost 2 of their past 3 appearances at home and they had remained winless in 7 of their past 13 home games.

On the other hand, CFR Cluj were unbeaten in 15 of their past 18 overall matches and in the process they had gone on 2 separate 4-fixture winning streaks. Do also note that they had scored 2 or more goals in 8 of their former 15 overall games.

Considering these observations, it is evident that CFR Cluj have the edge this Thursday. Count on them to secure a win in this first leg.

Shakhtyor vs CFR Cluj Prediction & Match Preview

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