Malaysia vs Kyrgyz Republic Match Analysis & Prediction
16/11/2023 4:00 pm
Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan will both be looking to make positive starts to their 2026 World Cup qualification campaigns when they meet in Group D on Thursday.
Malaysia have never qualified for a World Cup in their entire history, but despite missing out on competing in Qatar last year, they enjoyed their most successful qualification campaign with four wins and four defeats helping them finish third in Group G.
However, they will be competing in Qatar in the New Year having qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time since 1980. Malaysia did compete at the 2007 Asian Cup, but they automatically qualified as co-hosts before going on to lose all three of their group matches.
With the upcoming World Cup in North America set to be expanded to 48 teams, Asia will benefit from having eight guaranteed qualification spots, meaning the top two from each group will progress to the next stage.
As such, Kim Pan-gon’s side will believe that they have a great chance of making it having been drawn alongside Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei in one of the weaker-looking groups.
Since taking over as manager in January 2022, the former Hong Kong manager has undoubtedly improved Malaysia, winning 16 of his 25 matches in charge.
A win against Kyrgyzstan on Thursday would put them in an excellent position from the outset in terms of their quest to reach a World Cup for the first time in their history.
Kyrgyzstan have also never qualified for a World Cup, although they have only been competing as an independent nation since 1992 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
They also finished third in their group in their bid to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with three wins, one draw and four defeat seeing them sit behind Japan and Tajikistan in Group F.
Having made their maiden Asian Cup appearance in UAE in 2019 when they lost 3-2 after extra-time to the hosts in the first knockout round, Stefan Tarkovic’s side will compete in Qatar in the New Year having qualified for Asia’s major tournament for the second successive time.
With four defeats from their last five matches, Tarkovic would have liked his team’s form to have been better upon their trip to Malaysia in midweek, but he will still expect his side to claim one of the top two spots in Group D and progress to the next round.
Malaysia vs. Kyrgyz Republic Head to head
These two teams have only previously met once in a friendly, with Kyrgyzstan winning 1-0.
16/11/2023MalaysiaN/AKyrgyz RepublicN/AAFC World Cup Qualifiers
Malaysia Team News
Malaysia will have to compete without Azam Azmi, who has withdawn from the squad after picking up an injury in recent days.
With Faisal Halim, Safawi Rasid and Akhyar Rashid all in double figures in terms of goals scored for their country, Tarkovic will be confident regarding his side’s attacking firepower.
Malaysia's Last 5 Matches
20/06/2023Malaysia10Papua New Guinea0Friendlies
Kyrgyz Republic Team News
Kyrgyzstan’s players compete all over the world at club level, with their star forward Mirlan Murzayev playing for Hanoi in Vietnam.
Murzayev is the all-time record goalscorer with 16 goals, while he is also their joint-record appearance holder alongside defender Kayrat Zhyrgalbek Uulu with 59 caps to their name.
Kyrgyz Republic's Last 5 Matches
16/06/2023Kyrgyz Republic1IR Iran5CAFA Nations Cup
20/06/2023Kyrgyz Republic0Oman1CAFA Nations Cup
Malaysia vs. Kyrgyz Republic: Odds and Predictions
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