Thursday 30 Mar

FC Viitorul vs Astra Match

27 Mar 2017 Keith M. ROMANIA: Romania Cup
ROMANIA: Romania Cup

FC Viitorul Constanta

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Kick-off
18:00 GMT
30 March 2017

AFC Astra Giurgiu

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Kick-off
18:00 GMT 30 March 2017

Viitorul host Astra in the Romanian Cup as both teams are looking to book their place in the semi-final of the competition. The current holders of the cup, CFR Cluj are still in the cup and will probably pose the greatest threat to these two sides. Viitorul will be hoping to take their brilliant league form into the cup fixture as they currently sit top of the Romanian First Division while their opponents are in 3rd with 7 points separating them from 1st. While the domestic double is probably a long shot for Astra, it’s a big possibility for Viitorul and they’ll be very confident of doing the double.

STATS

  • Viitorul breezed past Balotesti in the last round as they came out 4-0 winners away from home. They have scored 7 in their last 2 cup games without conceding and are looking like big favourites to win the trophy.
  • Astra only just made it through to the quarter-final as their match against Nuova in the last 16 finished with them winning 1-0 away. They’ve not been very convincing in the competition this season and will hope this run ends now as they have a real chance at glory in this competition.
  • Aurelian Chitu has been Viitorul’s best player in front of goal this season and his 10 goals in the league have gone a long way to sending his side top of the table. He will be ready to send his team into the semi-final of the cup.
  • Constantin Budescu is Astra’s top goal scorer in Romanian League this season but with only 6 goals, he doesn’t pose a huge threat in and around the box. They will looking all over the pitch for goals and it may have to be a defender or midfielder that will come up with the goods.

HEAD TO HEAD

It’s Astra who have dominated this fixture in recent years and have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides. The last game between the two was in February and it finished 1-0 to Astra.

FC VIITORUL NEWS


Viitorul will be extremely confident that they can make it into the next round of the cup in front of their fans due to their dominance across all competitions in Romania so far this season. Their defensive style of play has kept them top of the league all season as no team in the division conceded fewer goals.

Latest matches: FC Viitorul Constanta

18.03.2017 Liga FC Viitorul Constanta Steaua Bucuresti 3:1 W
13.03.2017 Liga FC Viitorul Constanta Dinamo Bucuresti 0:0 D
05.03.2017 Liga CFR Cluj FC Viitorul Constanta 1:0 L
25.02.2017 Liga FC Viitorul Constanta ACS Poli Timisoara 5:0 W
19.02.2017 Liga AFC Astra Giurgiu FC Viitorul Constanta 1:0 L

ASTRA NEWS

Astra will have to be at their best to make sure they’re in the pot for the semi-final but they know they have what it takes to beat an in-form Viitorul. They’ll need to be efficient with their chances and will have to be strong defensively. Their goalkeeper, Silviu Lung, is still out of action and might turn out to be a big miss for the visitors.

Latest matches: AFC Astra Giurgiu

25.03.2017 Club Besiktas JK AFC Astra Giurgiu 1:3 W
17.03.2017 Liga CFR Cluj AFC Astra Giurgiu 3:2 L
11.03.2017 Liga AFC Astra Giurgiu CS Universitatea Craiova 0:0 D
06.03.2017 Liga AFC Astra Giurgiu FC Botosani 3:0 W
02.03.2017 Liga CS Municipal Studentesc Iasi AFC Astra Giurgiu 2:3 W

SUMMARY

It should be a decent cup game with two very capable teams both desperate to win some silverware in a competition where most of the main competitors have been knocked out. Viiturul are slight favourites going into the match because of their home advantage as well as their strong form across all competitions this season but Astra will put up a good fight and might even win themselves. It has all the makings of a great cup game.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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