Pandurii vs Gaz Metan
Pandurii have lost back to back matches vs Ceahlaul and Astra and slide down the table, but they bounced back well, picking up 7 points out of 9. They also showed great mental force, coming from behind at half time both against Dinamo (2-1 at FT) and CFR (1-1). On midweek, a clear 4-0 win with subs players against second division side Farul. First choice striker Matulevicius got injured, so Shamsin, who scored a hattrick at his debut in the Cup, will play the sole striker role.
Coach Cristi Dulca was under big pressure at this start of the season, following 3 defeats in a row, but he managed to save the situation and now they are unbeaten in the last 5 rounds (3 draws and 2 wins), including a 2-2 draw vs Steaua, the only points dropped by the defending champions. Striker Bawab is still recovering from an injury.
This will be a very special match for Pandurii`s coach, Pustai, as he was the most longeval coach in Liga I, spending 6 seasons at Medias. So, he will play against his former club, as well as Eric and Breveeld, who joined Pandurii on summer coming from the same team. This should be a great advantage, besides the home ground advantage and the superior roaster. Medias is in good form lately, but they are unimpressive away from home (1W 1D 2L and only 3 goals scored), given the fact that they played against 3 newcomers and another relegation contender.
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