In one of the matches of the first round of the group stage of the Conference League, Kairat will host Omonia. On whose side will luck turn out to be?
Kairat had a busy qualifying campaign, having managed to take part in the qualifying stages of three tournaments - Maccabi Haifa passed in the Champions League in the first round (1-1 and 2-0), and in the second round it was weaker than Crvena Zvezda (2-1 and 0-5). It was not possible to achieve a positive result in the third qualifying round of the Europa League - a defeat against Alashkert (0-0 and 2-3). To make it to the group stage of the Conference League, Kairat had to beat Fola in the playoff round, which it did, and without the slightest difficulties-4: 1 and 3: 1.
Omonia had six European Cup matches, as it started from the second qualifying stage of the Champions League, in which it lost to Dinamo Zagreb with a total score of 0-3. Then there was a confrontation with Flora in the third stage of the Europa League, in which Omonia was already stronger - a victory in the first meeting 1: 0, a defeat 1: 2 in the second and a victory on penalties with a score of 5:4. In the playoff round, Omonia also did not do without penalties, fighting with Antwerp for a place in the group stage of the Europa League - a 4:2 victory in the first match, a 0:2 defeat in the second and a 2-3 penalty shootout loss.
Injuries and disqualifications:
- Buranchiev (illness), Goralski, Suyumbayev (knee injuries), Paulo (injury) - "Kairat". Asante (knee injury) - Omonia.
Statistics and figures:
- Kairat has won in three of the last four games;
- Omonia lost in all three away European Cup matches;
- Previously, "Kairat" and "Omonia" did not meet.
The teams are equal in strength, so it is difficult to determine the winner. However, it is possible to play an exchange of goals, since both Kairat and Omonia will be active at someone else's gate, trying to start the tournament with a victory.