Unirea Urziceni vs Liverpool preview- Europa League

Game preview :- Unirea Urziceni ( Romania) vs Liverpool FC ( England)

Competition :- UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg. Liverpool lead 1-0 from first leg

Venue :- Steaua Stadium, Bucharest

Date :- Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time :- 19.00 CET ( 18.00 UK time)

Liverpool have a tricky hurdle to negotiate in the form of Unirea Urziceni as the Round of 32 phase reaches its conclusion on Thursday evening. The Reds lead 1-0 from the first leg, but Unirea frustrated them at Anfield with their stubborn defence and Ronny Levy’s side will fancy their chances at home. Bet on Unirea vs Liverpool with our recommended bookmakers after reading this preview


Levy has tasted defeat in both of Unirea’s competitive games in February. He replaced Dan Petrescu, who left them last December before the winter break. The Romanian champions lost to Liverpool last week and were beaten 1-0 by title rivals CFR Cluj Napoca in the Liga on Monday.

Unirea Urziceni- path to last 32 of Europa League

Sevilla 2-0 Unirea
Unirea 1-1 Stuttgart
Rangers 1-4 Unirea
Unirea 1-1 Rangers
Unirea 1-0 Sevilla
Stuttgart 3-1 Unirea

Goal distribution:-

Dacian Varga-1
Antonio Semedo-1
Pablo Brandan-1
Marius Onofras-1
Marius Blasco-1
Three Own goals

Fact :- Unirea are playing at Steaua Bucharest’s stadium because their own does not meet European criteria. However they have done well quite well in home CL games, beating Sevilla and drawing against Stuttgart and Rangers.

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Liverpool have also struggled for goals this year. The Reds have only scored nine goals in ten outings in 2010. However coach Rafa Benitez will not risk star striker Torres and will start with young David Ngog. Torres may at best be used as an impact substitute. The same goes for Yossi Benayoun, who has only recently recovered from injury.

Liverpool- Champions League group stage performance

Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen
Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-2 Lyon
Lyon 1-1 Liverpool
Debrecen 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina

Goal distribution:-

Yossi Benayoun-2
Dirk Kuyt-1
Ryan Babel-1
David Ngog-1

Pablo Brandan is suspended for Unirea Urziceni.

Liverpool form- last five games- most recent first- LFC scorers in brackets

Man City 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-0 Unirea ( David Ngog)
Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-0 Everton ( Dirk Kuyt)
Liverpool 2-0 Bolton ( Dirk Kuyt, Bolton OG)

Verdict:- Unirea to win this game, but Liverpool to progress on away goals.

Unirea 2-1 Liverpool ( Semedo, Bilasco/Kuyt)

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  • Benitez’s last hope of trophy is on Europa League. Although Liverpool are leading by 1-0 but the risk is there travel to Romania because the gap is small.

    To secure his head from being axed, Rafa must make sure the Red to qualify. Torres’s return should leads Liverpool to seal a victory.

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