Entire Europe will see a different kind of qualification for Europa and Champions League – the single match legs will be extra crucial with no time for mistakes. Ferencvaros won the Hungarian league with an impressive 13 point difference last season and therefore will begin their journey to Champions League.
The first obstacle – Djurgarden. Ferencvaros might have their most competitive team in a very long time. They are led by Sergiy Rebrov, the former Dynamo Kyiv manager who has led Ferencvaros since 2018 and collected a 5-7-2 record in European competitions during this time. They took part in Europa League group stage in the previous campaign and did well.
More than half of the squad is made up by foreign players and successful domestic players. It is a club on the rise with proper financial backing, which creates a competitive and experienced lineup. The Hungarian League just started, so Ferencvaros have just begun to see some intensity.
Captain and centre back Gergo Lovrencsics (0/0) and winger Oleksandr Zubkov (0/0) did not participate in the league game, and their status is doubtful, but leaning towards definitely missing this clash.
Djurgarden won the Swedish league by one point, ahead of Malmo and have already played half a season, currently placed third in the league. This is not surprising, as they sold their main centre back Marcus Danielsson and scorer Buya Turay left the team because he was only on loan. They have not been replaced either.
However, Djurgarden is in decent form domestically at the moment, due to their hard-working mentality. It does not always look pretty, but they certainly collect the right results.
The coaches, Kim Bergstrand and Thomas Lagerlof has no experience of European qualification. It’s a new occasion for the whole club, at least in recent years.
For Djurgarden, there are no specific injury concerns.
Swedish teams in Europe generally have an inferior outcome on the road in Europe. Even with empty stands, Ferencvaros is undoubtedly the more talented team individually, while Djurgarden is pretty new to the occasion. It would be a bit of a disaster for Ferencvaros if they got knocked out at this stage by Djurgarden who are the clear underdogs.
Ferencvaros will get my vote this time due to a better squad while Djurgarden is weaker than last season. I feel the hosts are playable at over even odds.