CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague for the Champions League qualification match on Tuesday at Dr Constantin Rădulescu Stadium.
CFR Cluj, who successfully retained their domestic crown in Romania last season, had a great start to the new campaign. They have won 4 and drawn 2 of their 6 league games so far, putting them 3 points ahead of the table, but their most significant success came in Europe.
The Romanians got a surprising 4-3 win at Celtic Park in the last round to win 5-4 on aggregate, with their 2 goals in the last 10 minutes sending fans in ecstasy from Glasgow.
CFR Cluj are regulars in the Champions League qualifiers but have not been in the group stage of the competition since 2012 and now have a good chance of returning to this lucrative stage.
Slavia Prague has not reached the Champions League group stage since 2007, falling in the qualifying stages of the last two seasons.
They made it to the Europa League quarter-finals last season, which is not bad considering they only returned to European football in 2016 after a 6-season hiatus from continental action.
Like Cluj, the Czech club enjoyed a fantastic start to the season. They have won 6 of their 7 competitive matches so far and have lost none, although this is their first Champions League exit.
To be honest, the signs don’t look overly promising for Slavia Prague.
They have won just 3 of their 15 away matches since returning to action in Europe, and they’re last away Champions League win was in 2007 against Ajax. Since then they have drawn 2 and lost 6 away games, so the Czechs may well bet on the second leg.
CFR Cluj has been very promising at home this season, beating Astana and Maccabi Tel Aviv before a 1-1 draw with Celtic.