Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Andorra, Georgia will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Kazakhstan in Tbilisi. The Georgians have already secured top position in Group 1 and promotion to League C, but they surely want to put icing on the cake on a very successful campaign. Vladimir Weiss’ men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to keep their 100% record intact at home. The Kazaks, on the other hand, recorded only one win in five group games and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Georgia’s party at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena. When the two teams met in Astana earlier in the process Georgia recorded a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Levan Mchedlidze):
Levan Mchedlidze is a Georgian international who plays for Empoli as a forward. Mchedlidze played for Dila Gori in the 2005/2006 season and in 2007 he moved to Italy. The Georgian attacker signed a contract with Empoli in July, 2007 and he has been playing for the Azzurri ever since.
However, it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Palermo on 30 August, 2008, playing 11 league games for the Rosanero. Mchedlidze has only three caps for Georgia U21, but he played five games for the senior team in Euro 2016 qualifiers. On 3 June, 2016, he made his 27 appearance for Georgia, in a 5-1 loss to Romania in a friendly match.
The Empoli striker scored his first ever goal for the Georgian national team in a 2-0 win over Scotland on 17 October, 2007. Mchedlidze open the scoring after 16 minutes, but he was replaced by Kvakhadze in the second half of the match.
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.