Steaua Bucharest v Brasov Betting Preview

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Venue: Stadionul Steaua, Bucuresti
Kick off time: 18:30 hrs BST

Romanian league leaders Steaua Bucharest will be up against FC Brasov at the weekend as the two sides meet in their Liga 1 clash. While the home side are 5 points clear of the second placed side on the table with 34 points from 14 games this season, visitors Brasov are currently occupying 9th position in the league charts.

Steaua Bucharest’s form: L-W-W-D-W

The home side are coming into this fixture on the backs of a 1-0 away win at Concordia Chiajna on November 9. They were held to a 2-2 draw by Rio Ave in the UEFA Europa League on November 6. Steaua Bucharest had also beaten Municipal Studentsesc Iasi (0-1) and Dinamo Bucharest (3-0) in successive games to end October. The last time that this side were beaten was back on October 26 when Targu Mures beat them by a solitary goal.

Brasov’s form: W-L-L-W-L

The side are coming off a bad 3-0 loss at home to Pandurii Lignitul Targu Jiu in their last league outing. However, the side had beaten second placed side CFR Cluj in an away game in the preceding fixture on November 3.

The win had been preceded by a couple of losses at home to FC Universitatea Cluj (1-3) and CS Universitatea Craiova (2-3) on October 29 and 24 respectively. The visitors had won their game at Rapid Bucharest by a solitary goal on October 17.

Key Players

Steaua Bucharest: Claudio Keseru has been in good form in front of goal this season. In fact, the 27 year old striker has scored 20 times in 31 appearances for the side. He will be one of the most likely scorers in this upcoming contest.

Brasov: 33 year old veteran striker Marian Constantinescu is the best hope for Brasov in this upcoming game. He has scored 8 goals in 14 games this season for the visitors this season.

Betting Advice

While the home side are clearly the best team (1.3 with bet365 to win this game) in the league this season, the visitors have been quite successful on the road this season. In fact, they have beaten Cluj earlier this month and I would not be surprised if they were to at least keep ot close on Saturday. Back Brasov with a 2 goal head start with betfair at even money (2.0).