Kazakhstan vs Turkey by Neuro
Out of five rounds played, Kazakhstan has for now one draw and four defeats, taking the last sixth position completely deservedly. In their last two friendly matches, the team had two goalless draws, against Russia and Burkina Faso. Both teams they have rotated the squad, while they were sticking with their best team so far in group matches.
Their coach has said that his team has quality and technical potential to match with the Turks, but the way they are organized - they can't compete for whole ninety minutes for now. He also added that it's an important game for them and that the team needs to give everything they can in order to have the positive result, however there is no doubt that the hosts will be trying to defend as much as possible here. Midfielder Alexander Merkel from Grashhoppers won't be playing here, same as Bauyrzhan Dzholchiev from Astana. Striker Sergei Khizhnichenko from Aktobe will probably be the lone striker in their formation.
Turkey, on the other hand, currently occupies only fourth position. They have one victory, two draws and two defeats, being seven points away from the second placed Iceland and eight points away from first placed Czech Republic.
In a friendly match last Monday, the Turks crashed Bulgaria with a 4:0 result and surely have improved the atmosphere inside their locker room. After quite boring first halftime, they made three changes and the result was obvious, as Calhanoglu scored twice within five minutes, while Yilmaz added one goal as well, to give 3:0 lead to Turks after 56 minutes of play. Yilmaz scored once more for completely deserved victory. The team has only three players in the mission who are playing away from Turkey, while four players were invited for the first time.
No doubts that the hosts are hard working nation, but are also very limited in football aspect. Turkey seems to be rising their form and being in a must win situation, they are complete favorites in my eyes to take all three points in quite easy fashion.