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Lincoln Red Imps vs CFR Cluj Predictions & Tips - Goals expected in Champions League qualifier

  • Lincoln Red Imps vs CFR Cluj tips for Tuesday's Champions League second round qualifier first leg
  • The match is being played at Victoria Stadium (5.00pm BST)
  • The Red Imps have seen over 3.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches
  • Goals are expected in a Cluj win
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Billel Omrani scored in the first qualifying round against Borac Banja Luka (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 19 Jul 2021
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Lincoln Red Imps vs Cluj Predictions


Lincoln Red Imps are a tough team to beat at home. But they haven't faced a side of the quality of CFR  Cluj. 

The Romanian Liga I champions are tipped to win an entertaining first leg with over 3.5 goals predicted.

  • Lincoln Red Imps have won 11 of their last 12 home matches (all competitions).
  • Lincoln Red Imps have scored 18 goals in their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Lincoln Red Imps have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Lincoln Red Imps have seen over 3.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • CFR Cluj have won 3 of their last 4 away matches (all competitions).
  • CFR Cluj have seen over 3.5 goals in 2 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


This is the first ever meeting between Lincoln Red Imps and Cluj.

Lincoln Red Imps Form


Gibraltar Premier Division champions Lincoln Red Imps booked their spot in this stage of qualifying with a 5-0 victory over Fola Esch last week.

Having drawn the first leg 2-2 away in Luxembourg, they were much too good at home in the second leg. Tjay De Barr and Liam Walker both got two goals to seal a 7-2 aggregate win.

Mike McElwee’s side won a 25th domestic league title last season and also lifted the Rock Cup for an 18th time.

The Red Imps' last game prior to Champions League qualifying was a 2-0 cup final win over Glacis United.

Lincoln Red Imps Team News


Liam Walker has enjoyed an immediate impact since his off-season move from Europa, finding the net twice in the second leg victory last week.

Mike McElwee is expected to name an unchanged side. 

CFR Cluj Form


CFR Cluj needed extra time to get the better of Bosnia-Herzegovina Premijer Liga champions Borac Banja Luka in the first round of qualifying.

New boss Marius Sumudica's side led 3-1 after the first leg, but lost the second leg 2-0 last week. With the game heading to penalities, subsitute Alexandru Chipciu scored an 118th minute winner for Cluj.

Cluj booked their spot in Champions League qualifying with a fourth successive Romanian Liga I title last season.

Cluj kicked off the domestic season by losing the Romanian Super Cup on penalties to Univ. Craiova after a 0-0 draw.

They did, however, make a winning start to their league title defence with a 3-2 win over newly promoted U Craiova 1948 on Friday. Claudiu Petrila got the winner 14 minutes from time.

CFR Cluj Team News


Argentine midfielder Jonathan Rodríguez was left on the bench for the win over U Craiova 1948, but could come back into the starting line-up.

Centre-backs captain Camora, Rachid Bouhenna and Mike Cestor were also all rested for the league win.

Wing-backs Ionut Costache and Cristian Manea, midfielder Runar Sigurjonsson and forward Constantin Paun-Alexandru were also given a rest, but are expected to feature on Tuesday.

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Verdict

Cluj should be too good, but Lincoln Red Imps have goals in them. Cluj to win with over 2.5, both teams to score and over 3.5 goals are all predicted.

Best Bet: Cluj & Over 2.5 Result & Total Goals @-125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: BTTS Yes Both Teams To Score @138.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Goals Bet: Over 3.5 Goals Alternative Total Goals @162.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Cluj Win 3-1 Correct Score @1200.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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