Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Russia will be looking to extend their winning run in the Euro 2020 qualifiers to five games when they welcome Kazakhstan at their Stadion Kaliningrad on Monday evening. The Russians came from behind to beat Scotland at Hampden Park and they are widely expected to give fans yet another reason for celebration. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Zenit attacker Artem Dzyuba, who found the net in the 2-1 win over Scotland.
Kazakhstan, on the other hand, are five points behind top two in the standings, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win situation for them. When the two teams met at Astana Arena earlier in the process Russia crushed Kazakhstan 4-0, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. In their last home game in the qualifiers Stanislav Cherchesov’s men recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cyprus.
Highlighted Player (Denis Cherychev):
Probably the most famous Russian footballer never to have played for a domestic club, Denis Cheryshev was born in Nizhny Novgorod, but began his career at Sporting Gijon as his father played for the Spanish side at the time.
The talented winger eventually caught the eye of Real Madrid and went on to spend eight years in the youth academy at Santiago Bernabeu before he was given a chance to impress on senior level. Due to a fierce competition for places in Madrid, Cheryshev was forced to gain much needed first team experience via loan spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, and he showed a great deal of potential during those stints, proving los Blancos were wrong to let him leave.
Chersyhev has been in and out of the Russia national team since making his debut in 2012, but there is a good chance he will become an important member of Sbornaya Komanda as soon as he secures regular playing time at club level. The Russian footballer is capable of operating on either wing or through the middle, and he has proved to be quite prolific in terms of both goals and assists.
Highlighted Team (Kazakhstan):
Kazakhstan national team played their first international match on June 1, 1992 against Turkmenistan, with the team beating the Emeralds 1-0. The former Soviet republic have been competing on the international stage since 1991, when the country declared independence.
Kazakhstan have yet to book their place at major tournaments, but they have not been serving as a cannon fodder for top European national teams. The Kazakhs were part of Asian Football Confederation before joining UEFA in 2002. However, they could not enter UEFA Euro 2004 qualification as the draw had been made earlier. Kazakhstan national football team recorded their biggest win over Pakistan in June, 1997 and they suffered their biggest defeat in 2005, with the team losing to Turkey 6-0.
Kazakhstan wear sky-blue shirts and sky-blue shorts when playing at home, while their away colour is yellow. Astana Arena is considered Kazakhstan national football team’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 30.244. The venue was opened in July, 2009.