Match Time: 10/10/2019 22:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
Kazakhstan: Not among the worst nations (Recent Form: LDWLLW)
Kazakhstan improved a lot in the past couple of years and they are no more among the worst nations in the continent with the likes of Gibraltar, San Marino and Andorra, as there were a lot of money invested in football over the past few years and the results are already showing in the map. We could easily say that Kazakhstan is now among this average part of the nations, who can put on a fight against some of the tougher opponents and especially at home to show some good football, with their own style of play. So far in this qualification, despite having no chances whatsoever for the first two places, which are occupied by Belgium and Russia, they are not doing bad, being able to collect seven points from their opening six matches (2-1-3), as like I said, the best performance coming in their home matches, where they had collected six points in the three games played so far (2-0-1). The three defeats came against Russia (twice) and Belgium so there is nothing to be ashamed about that, given that these two nations are certain that they will finish in the first two places. But in the other three matches against the other nations they collected seven of the possible nine points (2-1-0), beating San Marino with 4:0 and especially the 3:0 victory over Scotland with 3:0 at home was quite impressive.
Cyprus: Really bad away performance (Recent Form: WDLLLW)
For Cyprus there has been no improvement whatsoever, as there is even regress in their performance in my opinion. They are also with seven points from their opening six games played in the group (2-1-3), but really important to mention is that both victories came against San Marino, while the draw was exactly against Kazakhstan, but at home, where they are much stronger. Overall Cyprus lost fourteen of their last seventeen away games (2-1-14) in the last more than three years, as the two victories in this period came against nations like San Marino and Gibraltar.
The Betting Verdict:
For me Kazakhstan is the favorite here, as they are the better performing side at this moment and overall they are improving a lot in the last several years and especially at home I expect them to get all the points tomorrow.
Kazakhstan - Cyprus
Handicap Pick: Kazakhstan -0.25