Lokomotivi Tbilisi is a small team from Georgia who has great facilities but never really a serious contender for titles domestically. Last season they finished 20 points behind the winners but it was enough to qualify for Europa League. It is a very young team with an average age of 21,9 years. They acquired Giorgi Chiabrishvili as their head coach, who has a little experience from this adventure from his time with FC Saburtalo. He has good memories from Europe, when defeating Sheriff Tiraspol but lost against Dinamo Zagreb.
The full and honest assessment of Lokomotivi Tbilisi is that they are producing talented domestic players but never maintain their quality because they sell it. This happened just a few days ago when forward Vato Arveladze was sold to Turkey. Their main threat is 30 year old striker Irakli Sikharulidze who played in Czech Republic and Latvia before returning to Lokomotivi. They clearly lack experience to be on this level and is a very average team domestically. It might be a charming club, hiding behind the bigger Tbilsi side (Dinamo Tbilisi) but they are not here to make an impact on this level.
On the other side, CSU Craiova finished 2nd place behind Cluj in Romania. Compared to their opponents in this encounter, they are superior across the field. There are national team players and strong domestic squad who can challenge the top teams in Romania.
Under coach Cristiano Bergodi they have won 6 out of 7 matches and scoring an average of 2 goals per game.
Craiova should pass this round with ease and it would not be a surprise if the victory margin goes beyond one goal. However, I am going with a straight victory. I expect a controlled dominant performance from Craiova.