Scotland hosts Kazakhstan in round 10 of Euro qualification. The match will be played on Tuesday, November 19th at Hampden Park (Glasgow)
The Scottish team has long been an ordinary middle peasant by European standards. The Scots have never qualified for the Euro or the World Cup in this century. In the previous qualification cycle, the Scots got in a group with Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Malta, and England, eventually taking third place. At the same time, Alex McLeish's team performed well in matches with equal rivals or those with a lower level, having beat Malta (5:1) and Lithuania (3:0) and tied with Slovenia (2:2). However, the Scots lost to Slovakia and England with a 0:3 score. But they successfully won the Nations League group by beating Albania twice (2:0 and 4:0) and Israel at home (3:2), although the Scots lost to this team away (1:2). Stephen Naismith, Andrew Robertson, Barry Bannan, and Lee Griffiths didn’t play in that game.
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After a relatively successful qualification for the 2010 World Cup, when Kazakhstan gained two victories, the Hawks manage to earn no more than five points in the qualifiers. Accordingly, this team did not occupy a place higher than the penultimate one. However, the Kazakhs have regressed in recent years. Kazakhstan did not win a single match and took the last place in the qualification for the World Cup in Russia and managed to win only once in the Nations League. The Kazakhs defeated Andorra at home (4: 0) but lost to Georgia twice (1:2 and 0:2) and tied with Latvia (1:1 and 1:1). Sergey Khizhnichenko, Zhambyl Kukeev, Tanat Nuserbaev, and Ulan Konysbaev will not play in the upcoming game.
The hosts have gained a rather good shape, and I think they have more chances of winning the upcoming game. Kazakhstan usually shows bad results in away matches, and Scotland will probably take vengeance for the defeat in the first leg.
Prediction for the match: Scotland to win