Kazakhstan vs Russia
Europe – EURO Qualification
Date: Sunday, 24 March 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Astana Arena (Astana).
Russia were one of the most pleasant surprises of the World Cup they hosted last summer. Sbornaya showed a decent form in the group stage and went on to shock Spain in the last 16 round. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men also offered a super strong resistance to latter runners-up Croatia losing the quarter-final only on penalties.
Sbornaya proved their strength in the inaugural edition of UEFA Nations League as well. They finished the group with Sweden and Turkey level on points with the Scandinavian side at the top of the standings, but came second after a 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture with Swedes away in Stockholm.
Cherchesov’s troops thus have to be considered as clear favourites to advance to EURO 2020 together with Belgium from this Group I. They travel to neighbouring Kazakhstan for the second round clash on Sunday afternoon at Astana Arena. Anything but a comprehensive victory for the visitors would represent an upset here.
Kazakhstan vs Russia: Head-to-head
This will be the first competitive head to head meeting between the two teams.
They only came across each other in two friendlies so far.
Russia clinched a demolishing 6-0 victory back in May 2008, while Kazakhs held Sbornaya to a goalless draw seven years after.
Kazakhstan vs Russia: Prediction
Kazakhstan failed to match Georgia’s superb run in their respective Nations League group last year. They only took six points from six matches against the likes of Georgia, Latvia and Andorra. The dream of making it to the big stage competition thus remains only a fantasy as it is clear they won’t challenge one of top two spots in this particular EURO 2020 Qualification group.
Czech manager Michal Bilek took charge in January this year, but Kazakhs really lack quality compared to the names of Belgium, Russia and even Scotland. We see a decent value in backing the visitors to claim the spoils at the odds of 1.61.
Kazakhstan vs Russia: Bet Tips
Russia to win @ 1.61 (8/13)
Russia Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.83 (5/6).