Kairat take on visitors from Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first leg of Europa League qualifiers. The match is taking place at Central Stadium in Almaty on Thursday, July 14th.
Kairat are showing outstanding results in recent matches. The hosts of the match are on 15-match undefeated run in all competitions with 13 wins and two draws taken. The team is currently second in Kazakhstan Premier League with 40 points gained and 44-19 goal difference in 20 league matches. Previous round against Albanian side Teuta ended with confident win of Kazakh side (1-0, 5-0). On top of that, the team is undefeated in their last 13 matches in all competitions since the end of October 2016, recording 11 wins and two draws.
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Maccabi have finished second in Israel elite division last season, recording 81 points in 36 matches with 76-24 goal difference. The Israeli side played two friendlies this summer, beating Streda, 3-0, and Paks, 1-0. The first qualifying round of Europa League ended with confident overall victory over ND Gorica, 3-0, 1-0. The visiting side is unbeaten in their last 15 matches on the road since 9th of December last year, winning nine games and drawing other six.
The opponents haven’t met before. The first leg promises to be quite even battle as Israeli side proved their level advancing for the group stage of Champions League last season while Kairat show excellent results recently. Israeli side won’t force things in Almaty as they have to play home leg and we have solid chances for a low scoring result.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.