Petrocub reached historical success in previous season and will play at the European scene for the first time in their history. The side ended up third in the previous season fighting out in last rounds of the league as they had five matches undefeated run ending tied up with Dacia Chisinau that ended at fourth position.
Durign the new season, the side currently sits at third position with twenty two points. They are eleven points behind Sheriff Tiraspol and eight points behind second placed Milsami. It’s obvious that they are far away from the title race and third position seems very reliastic target for them being seven points ahead of the fourth placed Speranta Nisporeni.
The side is in fine form at the moment having five matches without defeat run and two victories in a row, both at home. In the most recent league match eleven days ago the side won over Zimbru Chisinau 2:1 at home thanks to goals from Ivanov and Ambros.
Their latest game before this one was a 1/8 finals Cup match against Floresti last Friday afternoon when the side outplayed lower league side with a 1:6 result. They progressed further thanks to 3:16 aggregate result. The side has no actually known foreign players in their roster and are all without real experience on the European scene.
Osijek had a pretty decent previous season as the team ended up fourth at the table which is quite a success for them. That was done with only one victory in last seven rounds of the competition, so they were involved even in a battle for higher positions this Spring.
The club itself is in obvious uptrend in last two years, after they went into private ownership for the first time in their history. They are now fully stabilized club with improved squad and it was obvious already last season when they won over Santa Coloma, Luzern, PSV Eindhoven and only lost on away goals rule in play-offs for the Europa League to Austria Wien.
Most of their players in the roster are Croats with decent experience in domestic league, while they also have midfielder Haris Hajradinovic with decent spells in Wester European legues, Ukrainian Dmytro Lepa with mnany years in Ukrainian league, as well as striker Ezekiel Henty who previously played for the Russian Lokomotiv Moscow and Baniyas in Asia. Few of them are having caps for Croatian national team too.
As for the friendly matches, the side won over Videoton 2:1, but also defeated St Johnstone and Zalaegerdzegi. They had a draw goalless draw against Lokomotiv Moscow.
~ This is first European appearance for Petrocub.
Osijek is side with plenty of potential, even in Croatian league as their players are actually quite young on average. Only their friendly matches performances and results are enough to understand that the side is with far bigger potential and quality than the side from Moldova. If they repeat anything similar to how they played in their preparation matches, they should already book their ticket for the second round. Osijek to take it strong from the first minute and show their quality.