Azerbaijan showed expected football. The "Land of Fire" changes mentors, but none of the "Varangians" can radically change the situation. So, under Gianni De Biasi, a new Albania did not work out in Transcaucasia. The Italian could not win even once last year, in qualifying for the World Cup. And in the summer, his wards took points only in face-to-face confrontations with another outsider of the quartet, Belarus - 0-0 away, 2-0 at home. With the stronger ones, Kazakhstan and Slovakia, there were defeats in June. In September, the Azerbaijanis started a "window" in Trnava. That match will be remembered for the ending: the hosts leveled the score in the 93rd minute, from the penalty spot. But the guests managed to snatch victory: Hagvedi scored 2-1 on the 95th!
Kazakhstan was able to add very noticeably under Adiyev. The “hawks” are able to “bite” the favorites, which they showed last year too - then they took points from both Ukraine (twice under different coaches) and Bosnia. But in the spring they were very close to being relegated to Division D of the League of Nations. But, having exchanged minimal away victories with the Moldovans, they won the decisive penalty shootout. After that, Karpovich lost his coaching post to Adiev. And Mohammed gave excellent results with his wards in the summer. The national team only with the Belarusians in Novi Sad drew 1-1, winning both matches with the nominal favorite of the quartet, Slovakia, and starting from the home win 2-0 with Azerbaijan. After this, the specialist received many tempting offers, but, as promised, he remained in office until the end of the cycle. And he actually completed the task. By beating Belarus 2-1 on Thursday, the Kazakhs secured an undisputed 1st place.
Azerbaijan won the very first match out of 10 held - but after that they were successful only once. The Kazakhs emerged victorious in half of the cases, including in all 3 recent meetings. Azerbaijan plays at home, having forgiven Kazakhstan, which is celebrating the registration of the 1st place. The hosts should use it and win.
Prediction for the match: Azerbaijan to win.