Europa League: Steaua Bucharest v FC Utrecht Preview and Team News

Tags: Football

Published: 10:55 04/11/2010

Organised is probably how best you’d describe Utrecht so far in the Europa League, the Dutch side have drawn all three of their matches to date in Group K but what will be worrying coach Ton du Chatinier is their meagre return of just one goal in 270 minutes of football. Online bookmakers have free bets to welcome new customers signing up ahead of Thursday’s clash between Steaua Bucharest and FC Utrecht which kicks of at 8.05pm. Utrecht’s only goal came in their home fixture against Romanians Steaua Bucharest who, ironically, are the top scorers in the section despite propping up the rest. Level on points with Napoli, who must go to group leaders Liverpool at the same time as Utrecht take on Steaua, it’s doubtful du Chatinier will decide to go for broke in Romania with a home tie still to come against the Italians and that probably means we won’t be in for a classic at the Stadionul Steaua. Defeat in last weekend’s mid-table clash at Den Haag has left Utrecht a little way off the pace in the Eredivisie so they’ll be anxious to extend their campaign in Europe and they should be fairly confident of getting a result against a team that has shown itself to be more than a little naive in its defending in its three games to date. Marius Lacatus is in his third spell as Steaua coach but this is probably the least effective of the squads he has coached in his time at the club and they don’t really have much to offer up front without the suspended Pantelis Kapetonis. Utrecht should have won their home tie against the Romanians but can make amends with a narrow win in the away leg. To win by one goal, the visitors are stand-out odds of 6/1 with Bet365.

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