'Traditional' clubs in Liga II this season and their promotion chances
(by traditional I mean more well-known clubs with important results in the past and/or big fanbases)
UTA Arad: probably the best chance of promotion from the old school top teams, most goals for and least goals against so far this season, 3rd place and 23 points with only 10 matches while most around them have 12 or 13 matches played.
Petrolul: 6th place; 21 points after 12 matches, 14 GF 11 GA. Decent shot at promotion, but it's going to be competitive.
Rapid Bucuresti: 8th place; 20 points after 11 matches, 14 GF 10 GA. Similar chances as Petrolul. I really hope they make it because they are a huge name in Romanian football and belong in Liga I, plus with their fans and owners, there could be some better investment than these smaller clubs that come and go when they reach Liga I and maybe Europe again one day.
Farul Constanta: 9th place; 18 points after 12 matches, 11 GF, 10 GA. They have a shot, but I don't see them being much of a threat. Hagi's former club, would be an interesting rivalry with Viitorul.
FC Arges: 10th place; 16 points after 11 matches, 14 GF 15 GA. Outside chance, but possible. Another classic big Romanian club.
Ripensia Timisoara: 11th place; 16 points after 13 matches, 19 GF, 21 GA. Don't think they have much of a chance; decent goal scorers, but clearly having some defensive issues. Old school success, would be a cool team to see at the top level and as a rival to Poli Timisoara.
Politehnica Timisoara: 16th place; 13 points after 12 matches, 11 GF, 8 GA. Clearly a solid enough at the back, but don't think they will have any chances this season, even though it is early, with the competition. Considered the original 'Poli' rather than the ASU clone (I think). Would be nice to have such a traditional team with a great fanbase back at the top, and Ripensia might offer an interesting rivalry as well someday.
Universitatea Cluj: 17th place; 13 points after 12 matches, 17 GF, 15 GA. Same as Poli Timisoara, don't see them having much of a chance. They've had a ton of draws lately, they haven't won since September 24th when they beat Mititelu's Craiova in the Cup after extra time, and four days before that 4-0 over Petrolul. Who knows, maybe they'll make a revival, but it's going to be tough.
Out of the 'non-traditional' teams with the best chances to promote, there are Mioveni (the most 'traditional' of them) who sit at the top of the table, Turnu Magurele who are managed by Bratu, Metaloglobus, Viitorul Targu Jiu (new rivalry with classic Pandurii after moving from Petrosani), SCM Gloria (reincarnated/new version of Gloria Buzau team).
Imagine a league like this:
FCSB (or maybe Steaua if they comeback one day and actually invest..)
I thought Mioveni were gonna be title contenders, and they’re still up there surely, but today they got destroyed at home by Rapid (5-1). The latter have had some close losses and chokes but clearly they have a very good team too. I think I remember reading that they had a good investor and brought an Argentine player Roskopf and an Austrian, and of course the young talent Sefer.
Seems Turnu Magurele managed by Bratu, Metaloglobus, Farul, FC Arges are also up there and probably all fight for the podium along with Rapid, Petrolul, and Mioveni.
Then a few points below but also not far off are Poli Timisoara and U Cluj who are interesting. The rest, not so much. But I think they have their work cut out to think of challenging for promotion.
Pandurii are going to relegate to Liga III, Concordia and Calarasi might too.