Astana take on visitors Okzhetpes in the Kazakh Premier League matchday 19. The match will be played at Astana Arena on Saturday, July 2nd.
Astana are the current champions and the league leaders this season. The hosting side has gained 44 points in 18 matches with 26-10 goal difference. The leaders have six points advantage over Irtysh, who are their closest competitor in the league. However, the team failed to win in last two matches, drawing clash with Irtysh, 1-1 and losing to Kairat 0-1. Astana played nine matches at home, winning eight of them and drawing one with 14-4 aggregate goal difference. The team is on 12-match undefeated run in games at own arena since the end of November last year, including nine wins and three draws.
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Okzhetpes have solid season so far as the visiting side has gained 31 points in 18 matches with 30-20 goal difference and currently sit on fourth place in Kazakhstan Premier League. The team is undefeated in their last three matches, taking seven points. However, they are struggling of the road, drawing two and losing one of their matches since the last away win in the middle of May. Nine away matches of the team ended with four wins, four defeats and one draw with 13 points gained and 13-14 goal difference.
Astana won their last four head-to-heads with 8-2 aggregate score, including one in reverse fixture this season, 1-0. Considering strong results of Astana at home and difficulties Okzhetpes have faced in recent away matches, we can expect the hosts to have no troubles with recording confident win today.
Prediction for the match: Astana to win with -1.5 Asian handicap.