Politehnica Iasi – FC Vaslui
Pick: DNB: FC Vaslui @ 1.74 (Gamebookers)
A regional derby, between two teams in need of points. Poli started the year pretty well, but underperformed last weekend, getting a very lucky away draw against Astra Ploiesti, while FC Vaslui will be looking to bounce back from the ugly defeat suffered at home against Gloria Bistrita. The pressure is on Vaslui and their coach, Marius Lacatus, who is expecting a vote of confidence from his players. Reasons for this pick:
- Vaslui has a superior roster. The first games in 2010 have been rather disappointing, but the amount of quality players available at FC Vaslui is impressive. Especially in attack, where Gerlem, Wesley, Costly or Burdujan are proven players, but have failed to click for some reason, so coach Lacatus could try and leave out one of two from the first eleven, to gain some balance and not have so many possible match winners looking for the killer punch all the time.
- Politehnica misses three regular starters in defence. Right back Straut and, more important, centre back Mihajlov are suspended for this game, so coach Grigoras will have to add two names alongside the shaky left back Costache and the promising centre back Straton. Another key defender, Munteanu (the team’s captain), is out injured, so you can imagine the “back problems” the hosts have for this game… We can add here a very young anchorman, Onicas, who will be playing his fourth official game in 10 days, that’s why I expect a too vulnerable team at the back, which should also affect the performance of those playing upfront, who will probably be instructed to give a hand when it comes to defending…