Cluj and Lazio measure forces at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match, the home factor may be decisive, since Lazio has considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
The team of the house will make its premiere in this edition of the competition, since it did not have to dispute any of the qualifiers prior to this group stage. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches it records 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 27 goals scored and 18 suffered; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in his stadium, with 24 goals scored and 8 suffered. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with Voluntari by (5‑0). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, the Cluj won 6, drew 2 and lost 2. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 games, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 14 of their last 30 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals.
CFR Cluj comes to this match with a 5-0 victory against Voluntari, in a match for the Romanian championship. It should be noted that the local club reaches this stage of the Europa League groups after being eliminated in the Champions League play-offs by Slavia Prague. In this match against Lazio, a very competent opponent at all levels of the game, coach Dan Petrescu should benefit a medium or low block and counterattacks, making the best use of the space on the opponent’s back. The left winger Alexandru Paun is one of the great dangers in the attack front, very fast and strong in completion. All equipment is available for this game.
The visiting team will make its premiere in this edition of the competition, since it did not have to play any of the qualifiers prior to this group stage. This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it records 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses as a visitor; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a defeat away with SPAL by (2‑1). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Lazio won 8 and lost 2. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but his attack has scored regularly, since which scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games.
Lazio comes for this match after a 2-1 defeat against SPAL, adding his second consecutive game without a victory in official matches: Ciro Immobile scored the only goal of the team. It should be noted that the Italians managed to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League in 18/19, however, they were eliminated by Sevilla. In this match against Cluj, coach Simone Inzaghi must act in a more organized manner, with successive slow attacks, taking advantage of his opponent’s defensive weaknesses to score. Striker Ciro Immobile is one of the best players in Lazio: he is very strong in the air game and in the finalization. All equipment is available for this game.