Ordabasy vs Torpedo Kutaisi (By: Sweem)
Ordabasy are fighting for the title in Kazakhstan, which is an improving league in terms of quality. The reputation of Kazakh football has mainly been carried by FC Astana, who remain the main force. Ordabasy, currently a top three side in the country with the best defensive figures, is a very consistent side.
They are 6-2-1 at home and have recently beaten Kairat Almaty and Astana, which shows an indication of what they are capable of. Kazakh football is taking small steps, and we are seeing more teams establishing themselves in Europe. Moreover, there are seven international players in this team. Coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze knows everything about their opponents, as he has been in the league himself.
Torpedo Kutaisi is a common representative for Georgia when it comes to Europe. This season, the hope is a lot more far fetched. The club is battling financial difficulties and have been forced to let go of players to rival clubs, as for example attacker Nodar Kavtaradze (19/7), and both wing backs Giorgi Kimadze (16/2) and Levan Gegechkori (16/3). Also midfielder Tengiz Tsikaridze (16/3) left.
New arrivals joined only in July and August, which are cheaper domestic players. This is a club on the verge of collapsing, and for Georgian football it is a shame - we could already hear this when former Slovakian player Marek Hlinka say that he was shocked by the facilities and quality of the training in Torpedo Kutaisi.
No need to go deeper into the mess, the point is clear. The visitors have had an extreme turnover of players and should barely be allowed to compete. Moreover, the new players who arrived have barely had any training together.
Ordabasy is a more than decent side, while Torpedo is not ready for Europe, in fact barely ready for their own league. The results they achieved last season is respectable, but in their current state they should be happy if they score a goal against Ordabasy over both legs. I expect an extremely confident home victory, with some margin.
Ordabasy vs Torpedo Kutaisi predictions
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Ordabasy vs Torpedo Kutaisi betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Sweem).