Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Tobol and Derry City face each other at Centralnyj Stadion in the opening match of Thursday’s program in the Conference League third qualifying round. Tobol set up a meeting with Derry City by shocking Swiss powerhouse Basel in round 2, but they do not want to stop now. Talented midfielder Islam Chesnokov returns to the starting XI after he was rested in a 2-0 loss to Kaisar at the weekend.
The Red and White Army, on the other hand, booked their place in the third qualifying round by beating KuPS of Finland in the double-header. Derry City, though, are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Tobol’s party in Kazakhstan. All Sam Todd, Ciaron Harkin, and Colm Whelan remain in the recovery room, while Patrick McEleney is a major doubt after limping off with injury in the 3-3 draw with KuPS.