Kazakhstan vs Finland Match Analysis & Prediction
07/09/2023 5:00 pm
Kazakhstan and Finland return to Euro 2024 qualifying action in Astana on Thursday, with the two nations locked on nine points atop of Group H.
Both nations have recorded three wins and one loss so far, keeping Denmark, Slovenia, Northern Ireland and San Marino out of the automatic qualification spots.
Since becoming a UEFA member in 2002, Kazakhstan have failed to qualify for four European Championships, winning just seven of their 44 qualifiers prior to the current campaign, but they are on course to buck that trend.
Heading into their fifth Euro 2024 qualifier, Magomed Adiyev’s side already have three victories in the bag, meaning that Kazakhstan have taken nine point from a possible 12 as they bid to reach a European Championship for the very first time.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Hawks have lost just four of their previous 15 matches across all competitions, recording four wins, one draw and one loss during a promotion-winning Nations League campaign towards the end of last year.
Like Kazakhstan, Finland started their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a defeat before going on to secure three successive wins, meaning that the Eagle-Owls find themselves at the summit of Group H through their superior goal difference.
Following a strong end to their 2022-23 Nations League campaign, Finland return to action on a run of three defeats in 10 matches, although they did endure a five-game winless run between November and March, recording two draws and three defeats in the process.
Still, Markku Kanerva’s side remain in pole position to win Group H after winning three of their opening four matches, scoring an impressive 10 goals while keeping three clean sheets in the process.
Kazakhstan vs. Finland Head to head
In the five previous meetings between these two teams, Kazakhstan have claimed one victory while Finland have won four.
04/09/2021Finland1Kazakhstan0UEFA World Cup Qualifers
12/10/2021Kazakhstan0Finland2UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
Kazakhstan Team News
Magomed Adiyev has called up five uncapped players for the qualifiers against Finland and Northern Ireland, including 22-year-old playmaker Vyacheslav Shvyrev and 23-year-old striker Vladislav Prokopenko.
The Kazakhstan manager utilised a 5-4-1 formation in June’s victory over Northern Ireland, with young forward Maksim Samorodov leading the line.
Kazakhstan's Last 5 Matches
16/06/2023San Marino0Kazakhstan3Euros Qualifiers
19/06/2023Northern Ireland0Kazakhstan1Euros Qualifiers
Finland Team News
Former Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki is in line to earn his 113th cap for his country Finland on Thursday, and the 33-year-old will aim to score his 39th international goal in Astana.
Bayer Leverkusen stopper Lukas Hradecky will make his 86th international appearance in goal, while Leeds United midfielder Glen Kamara will operate in midfield.
Finland's Last 5 Matches
26/03/2023Northern Ireland0Finland1Euros Qualifiers
19/06/2023Finland6San Marino0Euros Qualifiers
Kazakhstan vs. Finland: Odds and Predictions
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