Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Basel and Tobol face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash in the Europa Conference League second qualifying round. Basel have big ambitions for the 2023/2024 campaign, but they suffered a 2-1 loss to St Gallen in their Swiss Super League opener at the weekend. Canada forward Liam Millar is back from international duty, while defender Michael Lang should be recalled to the starting XI. Thierno Barry is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts despite picking up red card against St Gallen.
The Kazakhs, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Basel by beating Honka in the two-legged tie. Tobol have been impressive at the back in the Conference League qualifiers, but preventing Basel attackers from scoring at St. Jakob-Park is easier said than done. Russia striker Pavel Kireenko is a major doubt after limping off with injury in a 2-0 win over Okzhetpes.