Kazakhstan vs Poland
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Sunday; 4-September-2016
Kick-off: 17:00 UK
Venue: Astana Arena.
After failing to qualify for the last two World Cups, Poland are on a confident mood when they start their qualification campaign for Russia 2018 with a away trip to Kazakhstan on Sunday evening.
Poland had a decent run at the Euro 2016 in France after making it to the quarter finals for the first time in their history. But they have a much better record at the World Cups with two third place finishes in 1974 and 1982. Since 1986, they managed to qualify for the tournament only twice, on 2002 and 2006 where they failed to get past the group stages.
While Kazakhstan normally had a bad time dealing with European sides since their entry into UEFA on 2006. They were in the bottom two in each of the last three qualification campaigns. With the rise of local teams like FC Astana and Aktobe in the European stages, they will be looking for a much improved campaign this term.
Kazakhstan vs Poland: Head-to-Head
Poland were victorious in each of the matches against Kazakhstan so far. Their latest meeting was during the qualification phase of Euro 2008. Poland won the first leg at Kazakhstan 1-0 before wrapping up the home leg with a 3-1 win.
Kazakhstan vs Poland: Prediction
Kazakhstan lacks any sort of experience on international stage and they have a poor record in the qualifying stages. They managed just 3 wins from the 32 World Cup qualifying matches so far, losing 26 during the period.
While Poland are a much improved side in the last five years and goals are guaranteed with the likes of Lewandowski and Milik in the attacking department. Poland to win against Kazakhstan is valued at the odds of 1.50, which is an attractive offer considering the opponent’s vulnerabilities in all fronts. I will be backing Poland to win this opening fixture by at least a 2 goal margin.
Kazakhstan vs Poland: Betting Tips
Poland to win at 1/2 (1.50)
Handicap, Poland -1 at 13/10 (2.30).