Kazakhstan VS Romania Prediction
Kazakhstan and Romania will open the 2018 FIFA World Cup European qualifiers schedule on Tuesday evening when both nations will meet at the “Astana Arena” in Kazakh capital Astana. Kazakhstan and Romania were busy in Saturday evening when they achieved exactly same scores but with different outcomes – Romania won 5-0 in Armenia, while Kazakhstan suffered 0-5 defeat in its visit to Montenegro. Thus Romania shares first qualifying group H position with teams of Montenegro and Poland, while Kazakhstan are fifth with only a point.
Kazakhstan vs Romania – Team News and Match Preview
Kazakhstan flies back to Astana after that heavy defeat in Podgorica where Montenegrin squad has shown really good efficiency, while Kazakh players were absolutely clueless. Now they return at home where teams from that region traditionally feel better and example of that is their first home match – 2-2 draw vs one of the main group favourites Poland. This is the only point for Kazakhstan after their first two World Cup qualifiers but it was won in a really impressive way – comeback from 0-2 to 2-2. Striker of domestic Tobol Kostanay Sergey Khizhnichenko took advantage from a moment with lack of concentration in Polish squad as they were leading 2-0 after first 45 minutes, so they apparently thought work was already done. Not at all – Kazakhstan won a point and both goals came in period between 51st and 58th minute.
Romania’s 5-0 success in Armenia was the first victory under Christoph Daum’s management. The 62-year-old German manager has been appointed as a replacement of Anghel Iordănescu right after the UEFA Euro 2016 finals, where Romania was eliminated in the group phase. Christoph Daum returns after two years of pause from coaching and experienced coach believes he can qualify “The Tricolours” to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. That’s the main target for Romania and expressive victory against Armenia will be an inspiration to their hopes.
We must highlight that Romanian triumph in Yerevan was pretty much influenced by the early red card shown to Armenian midfielder Gor Malakyan, who has been sent-off after less than 270 seconds. It caused a penalty, successfully executed by striker Bogdan Stancu and score jumped to 3-0 after first 11 minutes, even to 4-0 in 29th minute. Final result was marked by winger of Belgian Anderlecht Alexandru Chipciu, who scored fifth goal for Romania in 59th minute. We can easily say that victory came as a payback for the missed opportunity against Montenegro in matchday one, when another Anderlecht player, Nicolae Stanciu, has missed a penalty in 96th minute and thus match has ended with a draw.
Kazakhstan vs Romania – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
First match between Kazakhstan and Romania comes in a period of absolute contrast in their mood and hosts will do their best to avoid another defeat. Their last home win dates from more than two years when Kazakhstan won against Kyrgyzstan in a friendly match and their 7-1 success was followed by three draws and four defeats in next seven home matches. Draws were against Latvia, Burkina Faso (in a friendly match) and Poland, while Kazakhstan suffered some four defeats in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying – against the Czech Republic (2-4), Iceland (0-3), Turkey (0-1) and the Netherlands (1-2).
Besides victory against Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan’s last home win in a competitive match remains even more far away – 2-1 against the Faroe Islands in September 2013. Not the best home record by “The Hawks”.
Romania can be delighted from the development of their match in Armenia, not only because the great score and five goals scored, but from fact they took theirs with least effort. Some key players were even subbed-off before 70th minute – Bogdan Stancu (replaced by Claudiu Keșerü in 57th) and Alexandru Chipciu, who was replaced by a debutant Dorin Rotariu in 68th minute. Another player who made its national team debut is the 20-year-old central midfielder of Viitorul Constanta Răzvan Marin, who even scored goal number three and assisted for Alexandru Chipciu – a dream international debut for this youngster.
However, we must spend special attention to Romania’s main strength and that’s presence of the two Anderlecht players – Nicolae Stanciu and Alexandru Chipciu. They have been involved in everything interesting and we expect more from the same on Tuesday night.
Final conclusion and Betting Tip
Romanians are favourite for a reason and their tremendous success from Armenia will contribute to spread the spirit among the fans. Distance between Kazakhstan and Romania is huge, no doubts, but with or without support on the stadium, Romania can cause more danger. Christoph Daum must transform the team and integrate some of the new generation players, as he already started. This requires a fusion between experienced and players who already have a bit international experience, which we can definitely find in Romanian selection. Our betting recommendation goes on the away win – 1X2 betting. Eventual success for Romania can come right on time as their next fixture (in mid of November) is a home match against main group rivals Poland. Moreover, their first World Cup qualifier in 2017 is also at home and it’s against another side who relies to qualify for finals in Russia – Denmark, in March 2017.
That schedule can be used by Romania and few wins in a row can make them top pretender for first position in qualifying group E. This goes through a mandatory success in Kazakhstan.
Venue: “Astana Arena”, Astana.
Referee: Manuel De Sousa from Portugal.
Possible starting lineups of Kazakhstan and Romania
Kazakhstan: Stas Pokatilov – Dmitri Shomko, Renat Abdulin, Yuri Logvinenko, Aleksandr Kislitsyn, Abzal Beysebekov – Azat Nurgaliyev, Almir Mukhutdinov, Islambek Kuat, Serikzhan Muzhikov – Sergey Khizhnichenko. (5-4-1)
Romania: Ciprian Tatarusanu – Iasmin Latovlevici, Dragos Grigore, Cristian Sapunaru, Romario Benzar – Ovidiu Hoban, Razvan Marin – Alexandru Chipciu, Nicolae Stanciu, Adrian Popa – Bogdan Stancu. (4-2-3-1)