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I did some guesswork/predictions on who would qualify for the Round of 32, assuming CFR Cluj would finish second in the group (of course, they could still mess things up and not qualify at all).
Obviously this is pure 'educated' conjecture in most cases, though some are guaranteed already.


Seeded:
Sevilla
Copenhagen/Dynamo Kiev
Basel
Sporting
Celtic
Arsenal
Rangers
Espanyol
Gent
Gladbach
Wolves/Braga
Man Utd

(from CL)
Salzburg
Zenit/Benfica
Valencia
Bayer Leverkusen

Unseeded:
APOEL/Qarabag
Dynamo Kiev/Copenhagen
Getafe
LASK/PSV
CFR Cluj
Standard/Frankfurt
Young Boys/Feyenoord
Ludogorets
Roma/Basaksehir
Braga/Wolves
AZ

(from CL)
DZG/Shakhtar
Inter/Slavia
Red Star/Olympiacos
Galatasaray/Club Brugge


Since CFR wouldn't be allowed to face Celtic in the R32, these would be possible opponents:
Sevilla, Copenhagen/Dynamo Kiev, Basel, Sporting, Arsenal, Rangers, Espanyol, Gent, Gladbach, Wolves/Braga, Man Utd, Salzburg, Zenit/Benfica, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen

Copenhagen, Basel, Rangers, Gent, Braga, maybe Zenit would be the best teams to draw.

Worst would be Arsenal, Man Utd, Sevilla, Valencia, Salzburg, Leverkusen, Benfica, Wolves.
 

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CFR Cluj's top performers in EL so far this season, from: https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/performancezone/#!/

Giedrius Arlauskis GK, 4285 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 360
Saves: 18
Saves per game: 4.5
Goals conceded: 3
Passing accuracy: 66/123 (53%)

Ciprian Deac MF, 3374 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 359
Goals: 2
Assists: 1
Passing accuracy: 90/123 (72%)
Crosses completed: 10
Balls recovered: 15

Kevin Boli DF, 2419 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 360
Passing accuracy: 99/120 (79%)
Balls recovered: 14

Camora DF, 2026 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 360
Passing accuracy: 110/129 (71%)
Crosses completed: 2
Balls recovered: 23

Juan Culio MF, 1737 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 220
Passing accuracy: 60/81 (81%)
Crosses completed: 2
Balls recovered: 8

Billel Omrani FW, 1714 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 315
Attempts: 8
On target: 2
Off target: 5
Blocked: 1
Against woodwork: 1
Goals: 1
Passing accuracy: 45/86 (50%)

Damjan Djokovic MF, 1713 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 331
Passing accuracy: 73/117 (62%)
Crosses completed: 1
Balls recovered: 5

Andrei Burca DF, 1660 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 360
Passing accuracy: 77/107 (69%)
Crosses completed: 2
Balls recovered: 12

Mihai Bordeianu MF, 1316 points
Matches played: 4
Minutes played: 336
Passing accuracy: 106/146 (73%)
Crosses completed: 1
Balls recovered: 21

The rest are well below 1000 points, and don't feeling like posting every stat for them lol.

Cestor Mike (DF, 644 pts), Mateo Susic (DF, 641 pts), Lacina Traore (FW, 617 pts), Constantin Paun (FW, 469 pts), Ovidiu Hoban (MF, 447 pts), Ionut Peteleu (DF, 443 pts), Mario Rondon (FW, 332 pts), Catalin Golofca (MF, 53 pts), Luis Aurelio (MF, 8 pts), Claudiu Petrila (MF, 0 pts), Mihai Butean (DF, -1 pts), Alexandru Pascanu (DF, -19 pts)

WTF at the last two, I don't understand why they give them negatives when they didn't even get to play.
 

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Lazio: Proto - Bastos, Vavro, Acerbi - Lazzari, Parolo, Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Jony - Correa, Adekanye
Rezerve: Guerrieri, Alia, Luis Felipe, Patric, Lulic, Caicedo, Falbo

CFR Cluj: Arlauskis - Cestor, A. Burcă, K. Boli, Camora - Djokovici, Bordeianu, Culio - Peteleu, Omrani, Păun
Rezerve: Fernandez, Pașcanu, Deac, Susic, Golofca, Hoban, Traore


Petrescu more defensive than ever. A Petrescu ultra-Petrescued.
 

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Surprised to see Pascanu even in the squad. Still no Costache though. He’ll probably bring on Hoban, Deac, and Traore. Susic an option too.
 

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Hagibest has a trauma with Costache in European games :D

He doesn't use him in EL, but he's always a starter in the league. Basically speaking Petrescu has two units: one for the league and another one for Europe.
 

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We are in for a defeat tonight boys.. that line-up won't be good enough. What's his plan when they concede within the opening 15 minutes?
 

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We are in for a defeat tonight boys.. that line-up won't be good enough. What's his plan when they concede within the opening 15 minutes?
To get the needed point against Celtic I guess.
I see few options tonight whatever the tactical plan, honestly.
 

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So if CFR lose 1-0 they still qualify? But 2-0 or 2-1 they need to get a point vs Celtic? I forgot lol
 

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CFR hit the post earlier from far out, and now Correa just missed a huge opportunity, CFR are lucky he didn't score his second of the game..
 

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The tactics started out Greece 2004.. slowly they were outrun at the back and began drifting.. they look very weak. You can't play for a 0-0 or 0-1.. setting up for a disaster.
 

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Omfg man... Omrani, I know it was a quick reaction but just chip that a bit higher.. fucking crazy chance.

Even if CFR are poor, they get chances like these in these games.. hit the post, Acerbi almost OG, now this
 

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Thank god for once a decent ref... Adekanye dives terribly in the box and gets a yellow.
 

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Well now I’m really gonna be pissed if they don’t qualify.. on top of the other near misses, a slightly offside goal now. Come on guys.. ****
 

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**** and now Omrani misses a big chance. Wow

And Culio hits a direct diagonal that the keeper saves and now a CFR corner
 

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Another decent opportunity with a deflected shot to corner

They might have started poorly but I actually think this is one of their better games, they deserve at least a point from this

Djokovic with a wild long shot..
 

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Big header from Cestor goes wide.
 
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