Our football match prediction:
Following three consecutive defeats to the likes of Denmark, Romania and Poland, Armenia returned to winning ways in November, 2016, with the team beating Montenegro (3-2) on home soil. That certainly gave them a confidence boost and the Armenians will be looking to build on the performance when they face Kazakhstan in Yerevan on Sunday evening. Henrikh Mikhtaryan is undisputedly the team’s key player and we predict that the Manchester United ace is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Kazakhstan, on the other hand, are eyeing their first win of the process, but considering that they failed to score in three of their four group games, the visitors are unlikely to spoil Armenia’s party at Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht in Sunday’s football game. You should bear in mnd that the Kazakhs experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last warm-up game against Denmark (1-4).
Highlighted Player (Yura Movsisyan):
Yura Movsisyan is a Real Salt Lake City footballer who plays for Armenian national team as well. Movsisyan was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, but his family moved to the United States while he was a boy and, as a result, he started his youth career at Pasadena Lancers. Following a one year of college soccer, Kansas City Wizards chiefs offered him a professional contract. The Armenian attacker scored five goals in 28 league appearances for the Wizards and in 2007 he signed for Real Salt Lake City. After spending two seasons at the MLS club, Movsisyan moved to Europe, signing a deal with Danish side Randers. Speaking of his stay in Russia, the Armenia international played for the likes of Krasnodar and Spartak Moscow and he scored no less than 48 goals in the Russian top flight. In 2017 he returned to Salt Lake City and he is expected to play an important role in Jeff Cassar’s team in the 2017 MLS campaign. Movsisyan made his Armenia debut on August 11, 2010 in a friendly against Iran.
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.