Kazakhstan vs Scotland Match Info
Date: Thursday 21st March 2019
Venue: Astana Arena, Astana
Kazakhstan vs Scotland Stats
- Kazakhstan have lost just one of their last six matches
- Scotland have won three of their last five in all competitions
- This is the first ever meeting between these two sides
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“Scotland will fell they’re in with a chance to land one of the two qualification spots on offer in their group, but they’ll want to make headway with main rivals Russia travelling to expected winners Belgium later on Thursday.
However, their hosts shouldn’t prove to be absolute pushovers having gone W4-D3-L3 since the start of 2018, winning their only game under new coach Nikola Jurcevic so far, though admittedly the standard of opposition they’ve faced over this spell should be bettered by the Scots.”
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Kazakhstan are still yet to qualify for their first ever international tournament since their first attempt in 1998 but it’s fair to say they have made strides forward in that time and although they’re still fairly low in the rankings, their position has improved over recent years. The Hawks are one of the teams who benefitted from playing similar opposition in the UEFA Nations League too, finishing second in a four-team group last year.
A win over Andorra plus two handy draws with Latvia will have increased the confidence in this side and after a 2-0 victory over Moldova in a friendly fixture last month they return to competitive action here determined to upset the odds and get their qualifying campaign off to the best possible start before arguably more difficult fixtures against Russia and Belgium in their next two games. The home win is available at 18/5 with William Hill.
Scotland are looking to qualify for a major international tournament for the first time since 1998. Under the guidance of Alex McLeish, the British nation managed to produce some impressive performances in the UEFA Nations League to keep their two pathways to the European Championships open as they managed to finish top of their Division C group above both Albania and Israel, picking up nine points from an available 12.
Having been drawn in what appears to be a highly competitive group, the Tartan Army will be desperate to get off to the best possible start on Thursday afternoon with three points in this game in what will be their first fixture since that 3-2 win over Israel back in November managed to secure them top spot in their UEFA Nations League group. The bookmakers make them odds-on favourites to kick off with a win at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.
We can see this rejuvenated Scotland side managing to pick up three points here but it won’t be easy. This Kazakhstan side has managed to upset the odds in the past and they are always a tough nut to crack in front of their own supporters. However, the Tartan Army seem to be playing with confidence at the moment and they should have enough quality to pick up a narrow victory by one goal here at odds of 12/5 with Bet365.
James Forrest is undoubtedly the man to watch in this Scotland side right now. The Celtic winger is not only enjoying his best season in front of goal for the Bhoys with 10 Scottish Premiership goals to his name so far this term, but he’s been in terrific form for his country lately, picking up five goals in his last two outings which is why we can’t resist odds of 13/5 with William Hill for the 27 year old to score again in this clash.
Kazakhstan vs Scotland Betting Tips
Scotland to win by one goal @ 12/5 with Bet365
James Forrest to score at any time @ 13/5 with William Hill
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