This ideally is the reason why the Europa League Conference was set up by UEFA as FC Kairat Almaty from Kazakhstan take on AC Omonia Nicosia from Cyprus. The message from UEFA whilst establishing the premise of this competition was to provide an opportunity for clubs of lesser nations to experience European Football. The benefits in terms of financial growth would then aid these lesser nations in developing their infrastructure when it comes to football.
FC Kairat are already midway through their season campaign as is the scheduling and they are currently third after 20 games. They have won 10 games from those available, having drawn seven and losing three. They are also the top scorers in their league with 44 goals.
On their ranks is a name familiar with European Football fans and a little niche fanbase of FIFA players and that is Vagner Love. The journeyman striker is currently with FC Kairat and has scored seven goals in 18 appearances for the side.
AC Omonia have only recently kicked off their league campaign with a 1-0 defeat on the opening day. As they currently sit 9th in a league of 14 they have plenty of time to rectify their bad star. AC Omonia have already featured in European competition this season, having fallen at the final hurdle in Europa League qualifying.
Their game against Royal Antwerp was evenly contested as they dragged the Belgian side to a penalty shootout but ultimately lost.One player that is on their books that Premier League fans will remember is Jordi Gomez. Gomez featured for the likes of Swansea and Sunderland, also won the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic in 2013.
FC Kairat Almaty vs AC Omonia prediction: 2-1 to the home side. 8/1