Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
In-form Tobol will look to build on the Kazakhstan Cup win over Atyrau when they host Honka to Centralnyj Stadion in the Conference League first qualifying round, first leg. Tobol are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and they must be high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash. Russian defender Albert Gabarev is a major doubt after limping off with injury in the Kazakhstan Cup triumph.
The Finns, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Honka in their last Veikkausliiga game. Honka are not regarded as good travellers and, taking everything into account, we predict that the hosts are going to win the first leg. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Kazakhstan. You should know that the two teams have never met before in European competitions.