Tobol Kostanay vs Pyunik
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK
Venue: Ortaliq Stadion (Kostanay).
Pyunik have started their campaign in fine form and we’ve seen them outclass Vardar with two wins and a 3-0 aggregate win, travelling to Kostanay hoping to build on such performances and cause an upset at Ortaliq Stadion too. They’ve had more troubles retaining consistency on the road, though, and this could come as more of a worry for manager Andrey Talalaev.
Tobol Kostanay have beaten Samtredia in the 1st Qualifying Round on both occasions but they’ve struggled to bag wins in Kazakhstani Premier League recently, where they saw three draws in three outings since early July. They’ve held off Astana, Kaisar, and Irtysh and such a busy schedule could prove troubling for the home side now.
Nonetheless, Tobol have shown great character as a tough side to beat recently and we expect to see an outfit in great shape, hoping to capitalize on the rivals’ woes on the road and earn an all-important advantage ahead of the trip to Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht.
Tobol Kostanay vs Pyunik: Head-to-head
This is the sides’ first head-to-head clash ever.
Tobol Kostanay come as heavy favourites to bag a win here as well as to qualify over the rivals.
We’ve seen both sides focus on their defensive displays over the past couple of weeks.
Tobol Kostanay vs Pyunik: Prediction
We will now back Tobol to justify such a role in Kostanay and go for a Home win at 1.60, which does feel like more of a banker bet at this point – as Pyunik are yet to prove consistency on the road and this could prove a task too tough for Andrey Talalaev’s men.
However, we don’t feel we’ll see many goals and there should be a lot to play for in the second leg too, as we also back Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.62 – which has also seen many big hitters lumping already. We’ve seen two or fewer goals in four of both sides’ respective last five outings and this could be further evidence for such a bet.
Tobol Kostanay vs Pyunik: Bet Tips
Home win @ 1.60
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.62.