The first semifinal from the League Cup will place together Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Dinamo Bucharest. That match will be held tonight on the stadium ”Tudor Vladimirescu”. The two teams have already met in this current League edition, when Dinamo won on ”Ștefan cel Mare” with the score of 3-2.
Pandurii had a modest performance in the first part of the season, the team being with a single point above the relegation line. The managers hopes for the things to get better in 2015, especially that Edi Iordănescu left the technical bench open for Petre Grigoraș. Even more, the hosts of today’s meeting managed to recover Eric and Pintilii, two players that were highly appreciated when playing under the “white-blue” jerseys. They also acquired Cordoș (Dinamo), Șandru (Poiana Campina), Vasiljevic (OFK Belgrad), Grecu (Dinamo) and Brata (free for a contract). Mevlja, Predescu and Iorga departed with team from Olt, the three of them finding other teams to play at. In the friendly matches, Pandurii had had oscillating results, but it remains to see how they will play in an official match.
Răduț, Elton and Erico were left outside the lot because of some medical problems. Likewise, Paraskevas and Shalaj are not ready from the physical point of view and they won’t be playing. Although they will treat this match seriously, Iordănescu declared that for his team the performance in the championship is important.
Dinamo come from an official competition after disappointing in the training period. The team from Bucharest was defeated in the winter by teams such as Bursaspor, Aue, Guangzhou, Danemarca U21, Lokomotiv Moscova, Legia Varșovia or Atletico PR. They do want to win the League Cup, despite the fact that they received small odds. They now have a new manager, Mihai Teja. The “red dogs” made a few changes to the team, bringing Grozav, Grigore, Cristescu, Machado, Serginho, Lucian Goian or Marius Niculae. Likewise, Samoilă, Cordoș, Grecu, Firțulescu and Miranda left the team. It will be interesting to see what sort of game will Mihai Teja adopt, because in the first leg, they had a pretty opened one.
Cosmin Matei is the only player from the lot who has a few medical problems. Overall, the manager will be able to count on everybody and he declared that he will send on the pitch the best team he has. It is expected for Mihai Teja to send on the pitch many players that came during the winter.
Dinamo – starting 11: Farnolle – Fai, Durimel, Machado, Bărboianu – Cristescu, Elhamed – Alexe, Rotariu, Grozav – Niculae
Three of the previous four direct matches ended with over 2.5 goals scored, In the last seven years Dinamo only won once at Târgu Jiu.
Pandurii Târgu Jiu – Dinamo Bucharest sports betting odds:
Final result: 2.20 3.10 2.85
Total goals (Over/Under 2.5): 1.65 2.10
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The last direct match between the two teams was a spectacular one, the guest being renowned for their offensive style. They managed to strengthen the team during the winter with players such as Grozav or Marius Niculae, thus we can say that they are even more dangerous on the attack line. Pandurii are also strong, their lot being one which surely doesn’t deserve to be ranked in the second half of the Liga 1 ranking. Both teams want a qualification in the finals of the competition and they might take some chances now. We will most probably see a real duel in which both of the teams will manage to score at least a goal.