Kazakhstan vs Romania by Isaiah
Kazakhstan proved not to be quality enough in order to get away with something on the road against Montenegro three days ago, as the team stood defeated with a 5:0 result. The teams shared the ball possession equally, but the home team simply looked way more concrete during it and was able to create chances as soon as they had the ball to their feet, while the visitors did almost nothing in offense.
Tomasevic brought the Montenegrin side into the lead in 24th minute, while the team was even more dangerous in the second halftime, getting one of the biggest victories in their history, thanks to goals from Vukcevic in 59th, Jovetic in 64th, Beqiraj in 73rd and finally Savic in 78th minute. With only a point out of two matches, I don't see plenty of chances for Kazakhstan to get involved into some real battle for first three or four positions.
Home side will be missing goalkeeper Loria (40/0), defender Gorman (26/0), midfielders Konysbayev (32/3) and Kukeyev (29/2), as well as forwards Dzholchiev (14/3) and Shchotkin (18/2), out of more known players.
Romania, on the other side, started the qualifying process with a draw at home against Montenegro previous month, but the team looked pretty well few days ago when they won over Armenia on the road in a very effective way, celebrating 5:0 victory in the end.
The game itself was pretty much determined with a red card shown to Armenian player already in third minute, while the Romanians had a four goal lead already at the halftime with goals from Stancu (from the penalty kick), Popa in 10th, Marin only two minutes later and Stanciu in 29th minute. Chipciu increased to 5:0 in the 60th minute, with the Romanians having complete control over the ball and were never in danger. They are now leading the table together with Montenegro and Poland and can't afford to drop the points here.
Romanians will miss defenders Chiriches (43/0), Rat (113/2), midfielders Torje (54/11) and Pintilii (33/1) out of more known playrs.
Hosts did well to take a point last month against Denmark at home, but I don't see them really as competitive here. Romanians have upped their performances slightly, are coming from a decent and morale boosting victory and should be able to convert the three pointer here as well. It would simply be too much for Kazakhs to remain undefeated again at home, against obviously stronger side.