Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Almaty Ortalyk Stadion will host Thursday’s Europa League qualifier between Kairat and Alashkert. The Kazaks experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the Champions League qualifier against Crvena Zvezda (0-5), but they are surely capable of beating Alashkert at home ground. Jose Kante should be recalled to the starting XI, while veteran striker Vagner Love should lead the line for the hosts.
It has to be noted that Kairat defeated Crvena Zvezda 2-1 in their last home game in European competitions. The Armenians, on the other hand, failed to impress in the Champions League two-legged tie with Sheriff Tiraspol, and given their display in a 3-0 loss to Ararat-Armenia, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. In their last meeting at the venue Kairat defeated Alashkert 3-0, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.