It occupies 9th place in League 1 after 19 stages, with a total of 24 points, and the hopes of catching the play-off are extremely low.
Ionut Popa’s team is unbeaten by 4 stages in the championship, the last defeat being even against FCSB, a 0-7 shot on the National Arena.
Timisoara comes after three identical draws, 1-1 at Juventus and Viitorul and home with Botosani, so the moment shape is quite good for the Bega team.
In the previous round of the Romanian Cup, Poli was forced to 1-0, against the other team in Timisoara, ASU, in the second league.
On his own field, Timisoara has only one victory in the last 5 games, 2-1 with Astra.
Roses were ranked second in the ranking, with a total of 38 points, being at 5 leagues by the CFR leader.
Dica’s team is going through a very weak period, recording 3 consecutive defeats, all without a goal scored: 0-1 in Iasi, 0-2 in Plzen and 0-2 in Astra.
Thus, even if the Romanian Cup is not the main target of the Bucharest team, victory is important both for the morale of the players and for the position of Nicolae Dica on the technical bank.
In the previous round, FCSB had fun with Cluj Health, the 3rd league team, on the field with a 6-1.
This season, FCSB won both direct matches with Timisoara: 1-0 away and 7-0 home.
Two seasons ago, the blue-and-reds were set in two rows at the limit, with identical scores: 1-0.
My tip: Poli Timisoara vs FCSB
Even if it passes through a very weak moment, I think FCSB has the force to impose itself in Timisoara.
Certainly the red-blue will be very motivated to end the series of 3 defeats with no goal scored and to reduce the pressure on Dica’s shoulders.
Timisoara obviously will also look for a revenge after 0-7 against FCSB, but it is still a modest league in the league with other goals.
FCSB feels good in the company of Timisoara, winning the last six direct meetings.
I will go to the guests’ hand, but I will bet more securely, namely that the red-blue win at least a half Dan Paltinisanu.