Tobol vs. Zrinjski Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 11, 2022 16:00 CET
Last week, Zrinjski achieved 1:0 win against Tobol in Mostar and now they will try to use that advantage to advance in the Conference League playoffs.
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Last season, Tobol won the Kazakhstan Premier League for the second time in club’s history. They expected that they could repeat Astana and Kairat results in Europe. Thanks to the title, both mention clubs had an easier way to the group stage in Europe in past few years, but Tobol is not doing very well. In the first round of the Champions League qualifying, they were eliminated by Ferencvaros and now they are very close to be eliminated from the Conference League as well.
In their team, Tobol doesn’t have too many foreign footballers unlike many clubs from Kazakhstan. Zoran Tosic, Dusan Jovancic and Serges Deble stand out as the players from whom the most is expected. However, they haven’t shown much in the European matches so far.
Although Zrinjski played with 10 players during the entire second half in Mostar, Tobol didn’t use that. Moreover, they managed to concede a goal. It is known that Kazakhstan clubs play much better in Europe on their home ground and Tobol will rely on that the most. They need a two-goal win to advance. It’s not an easy task, but it’s not impossible either.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of few football associations in Europe that has never had a club in the group stage of European competitions. Zrinjski is keen to change that this summer, but they still have a lot of work ahead of them to do so. First, they must confirm win against Tobol, and then be better than their opponent in the Conference League playoffs.
The bad news is that the opponent in the Conference League playoffs will be Olympiacos or Slovan Bratislava. However, Zrinjski will be focused first on finishing the job against Tobol in Kazakhstan. Last season, they won the title in the most dominant way ever in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Striker Nemanja Bilbija and head coach Sergej Jakirovic are the most responsible for that success.
Between two seasons, Zrinjski didn’t sign many new players and that may have cost them in tie against Sheriff. Still, when you play as well as Zrinjski did last season, it’s not easy to find an argument why a lot of new players are needed.
These two teams played three times against each other and Zrinjski won on all three occasions. Twice the result was 2:1 in the first round of the Europa League qualifying back in 2010, while last week Zrinjski beat Tobol 1:0 in Mostar.
Zarko Tomasevic won’t play for Tobol due to red card in the last game. On the other side, four players are unavailable for Zrinjski. Slobodan Jakovljevic is injured, Nikola Mandic and Josip Corluka are suspended, while Kerim Memija didn’t get a visa for trip in Kazakhstan.
Tobol vs. Zrinjski Prediction
All four players who are missing for Zrinjski are essential parts of this team. Without them, it will be very difficult for visitors to win. Apart from the spectacular corner kick goal scored by Niko Jankovic last week, Zrinjski wasn’t dominant on the pitch. In Kazakhstan, it will be even harder for them. Date and Time: 11.08.2022 16:00 CET
Pick: Tobol +0 (AH)