Our prediction for this match:
Montenegro play host to Kazakhstan at Stadion pod Goricom in a friendly on Wednesday evening. The Montenegrins aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Luxembourg, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Kazakhstan. Head coach Faruk Hadzibegic has left Deni Hocko out of the squad, while Lazio ace Adam Marusic returns to contention. Nikola Vukcevic is facing race against the clock to be fit for Wednesday’s friendly.
As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Stevan Jovetic, who has been scoring goals for fun in the UEFA Nations League this term. The Kazaks, on the other hand, were struggling in front of goal in October matches, with the team playing out a goalless draw with Albania, while losing to Kazakhstan (0-2). Anyhow, Montenegro, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home, are likely to emerge triumphant in the midweek friendly.
Highlighted Player (Marko Bakic):
Marko Bakic began his senior career at Mogren, playing 33 league games for the club between 2010 and 2012. On 30 August, 2012 he signed a two-year deal with Serie A team Torino and he made his debut with the club on May, 19 in a 2-2 draw against Catania.
The Montenegro international, who was born in Budva on 1 November, 1993, then moved to Fiorentina, but he made no more than three league appearances with the Viola from 2013 to 2016. After ending his loan spells with Spezia and Belenenses, he moved to Braga in 2016, penning a five-year contract. On 15 August, 2012 Marko Bakic made his Montenegro debut against Latvia at the age of 18. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well.
Marko Bakic made his Braga debut against Vitoria Guimaraes, replacing Rafa Silva in the second half of the match. Os Minhotos recorded a 1-0 win over Guimaraes back then.
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.