The Romanian top league continued with the play-offs last week. With 7 rounds until the end defending champion CFR Cluj are leading 7 points ahead FCSB. Another Cluj victory is very likely in the Romanian Liga1 winner odds, but there is still a chance for the other top teams to catch them.
After the 26 rounds of the regular season, CFC Cluj led the table with 52 points. They carried on half of their points to the play-off, which started in March. Then the top 6 teams continued in the Championship round, while the last eight teams in the Relegation round. After the break 7 rounds still remained to decide the champion and the two relegated teams. CFC Cluj can get their third championship title in a row, but Craiova and Steaua Bucuresti are still threatening them from behind.
Romanian Liga1 winner odds favor Cluj to become champion again
CFR Cluj was founded in 1907 but only became a real power in Romanian football in the mid 2000s. After huge financial support from former owner, Arpad Paszkany, the team was promoted to the first division in 2004. Then played in their first European competition, the Intertoto Cup and already finished as a runner-up there. They won their first national title in the 2007/08 season, followed by another one in 2010 and 2012. With their last two successes in 2018 and 2019, they have 5 league and 4 Cup titles.
This season they can easily win their next title, after leading the league and the play-off. They only lost 4 games in the whole season and got to the last 32 in the Europa League. Though Sevilla stopped them there, Cluj has been impressive in the whole season. In their first game after the restart they hosted big rival Steaua Bucuresti and defeated them 1-0. It was another important step in order to defend their title. Online sportsbooks in Romania are giving them the odds of 1.25 at Bet365 Sportsbook to do so.
Big rivals, Steaua Bucuresti can still catch the leaders
A 7-point deficit is not small, but FCSB, or as more known, Steaua Bucuresti can still battle back from it. Online gambling sites in Romania are offering the odds of 10.00 at Bet365 Sportsbook for their final victory. Of course their defeat against Cluj is not a good sign and they have to perform much better to have a chance. But the club with 26 league and 22 cup titles will surely fight for another title. Especially after finishing as a runner-up in the last four seasons. They also got a sudden advantage after FC Botosani’s misfortune. The team was in 2nd place before the break but they couldn’t re-start the league last week.
But Steaua still have competition from another club, CS Universitatea Craiova who are level on points with them in 3rd place. Craiova have just been re-founded in 2013 after years of chaos. Since their promotion to the Liga1 in 2014, their best finish was a 4th place. Last year they also won the Romanian Cup. This year the team has been showing great football with a chance to become champions. In the Romanian Liga1 winner odds they are second, with the odds of 5.50 at Bet365 Sportsbook. Which makes sense as the team played a game less than Steaua and could overtake them with a win.