Tobol Vs Ferencvaros Betting Tip: Both To Score – 6 July 2022

Hungarians don't deal in caution away from home in UCL?

Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev / Tobol ©IMAGO / close to sports 07/13/2006

Kazakhstan Tobol Vs Ferencvaros Hungary

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 – 15:00 (BST)
UEFA Champions League
Pick: Both Teams to Score
Odds: 8/11
Bookmaker: WilliamHill
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 4 July 2022)

Preview: The first steps towards the group stage of the UEFA Champions League are made this week, and for Tobol and Ferencvaros the journey begins inside Centralnyj Stadion, in Kostanay, Kazakhstan.

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Tobol – No need to look far for inspiration?

For this who don’t know – and until I did this preview, I include myself in this – we have new champions in Kazakhstan. Astana had been the dominant force until recently, winning six league titles in a row between 2014 and 2019, but first Kairat, and now Tobol, have broken that particular monopoly. Now, the latter are aiming to replicate the former in reaching the group stage of a major European club competition.

Kairat didn’t win a game during last season’s Europa League group campaign, but did oust a couple of useful sides with continental pedigree in the qualifying rounds: defeating both Maccabi Haifa and Red Star Belgrade in Kazakhstan. This should hold Tobol – who have made steady inroads into defending their second ever league title, sitting third having remained unbeaten at home thus far (W6 D2) – in good stead.

Key Stat: Reigning Kazakhstan Premier League holders Tobol come into this first leg unbeaten in four matches, though were denied a fourth consecutive win after drawing 2-2 away to Arys on July 1.


Draw & Both Teams to Score



Ferencvaros – Previous seasons experience to make the difference?

I covered a few of their early qualifying encounters in the 2019-20 season, when they went as far as the Champions League third round before finding Dinamo Zagreb too hot. Ultimately qualifying for the Europa League group stage instead. In the subsequent season, however, they avenged that loss, defeating the Croatians 2-1 in Hungary en route to sealing a place in Group G of Europe’s premier club competition.

That experience, facing Dynamo Kiev, Barcelona and Juventus, was invaluable. They have now qualified for either the Champions League or Europa League proper in each of the past three campaigns. And, therefore, a trip to Kazakhstan, however uncomfortable, is unlikely to faze this team. One that romped the Hungarian league last term, finishing 12 clear of the rest and unbeaten across their last eight away fixtures.

Key Stat: When focusing solely on matches played in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, Ferencvaros hold a record of W4 D3 L2 away from home since 2019-20, scoring in all but their 1-0 loss to Slavia Prague.

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Tobol Vs Ferencvaros Betting Advice

At a shade odds-on, Ferencvaros are clearly expected to gain a foothold in this tie by departing Kazakhstan with a potentially decisive first leg lead away from home. This could be much easier said than done, however. Their hosts are up to speed – the season in Kazakhstan has recently passed the midway stage whereas Hungary’s ended in May – and unbeaten domestically at home in 2022 (W6 D2).


Tobol Vs Ferencvaros – Key Facts:

  • A first ever meeting between the reigning league champions of Kazakhstan, Tobol, and Hungary, Ferencvaros. The former have never featured in the group stage of a UEFA club competition, however the latter would do so in each of the last three seasons.
  • Tobol are well into the 2022 domestic season. They occupy third place, two points off the summit, and are yet to incur a home loss, winning six of eight said matches so far.
  • Ferencvaros steamrollered their way to a fourth consecutive Hungarian league title – and 33rd in all, a national record – last season. They finished 2021-22 unbeaten in their final eight away fixtures, winning six.


Even at a shorter price than I was expecting, I am still going with Both Teams to Score for my selection. The conditions in Kostanay shouldn’t be an issue, with the temperature set to be modest. So there isn’t likely to be any stifling of the football on show. Tobol would score in all seven home league games this season. While all but one of nine Ferencvaros UCL qualifiers since the 2019-20 season saw them score and concede.

Best Betting Odds – Tobol Vs Ferencvaros

Tobol – 16/5 (WilliamHill)
Draw – 27/10 (BetVictor)
Ferencvaros – 20/23 (Ladbrokes)