Our football match prediction:
Astana Arena will host Sunday’s football match between Kazakhstan and Armenia, the two teams who have been struggling in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Kazaks head into the game following a 3-1 loss to Romania, whilst the Armenians suffered a heavy 6-1 loss to Poland in their last group game. Both teams are eager to give fans some cheer and we predict that both Kazakhstan and Armenia will go for a win in Sunday’s clash. A man to watch in the away team will be Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who provided an assist for Hovhannes Hambardzumyan in the defeat to Poland. Anyhow, a lively contest appears on the cards and we predict that both teams will find the net in the Astana Arena clash. When the two teams met in Yerevan earlier in the process Armenia recorded a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Dmitri Shomko):
Born in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan on March 19, 1990 Dmitri Andreievich Shomko is a defender who plays for Astana. Shomko is a product of his home-town club Ekibastuzets, but he started his senior career at Batyr Ekibastuz. As expected, the 182-cm tall footballer returned to his boyhood club and it has to be noted that he made nine appearances in the league for Ekibastuzets. Dmitri Shomko then moved to Irtysh Pavlodar and he played for the Kazak club from 2009 to 2014. In 2011 he was sent on loan to Astana and three years later he signed a permanent deal with the Blue and Yellows. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a left midfielder as well. Over the years Shomko has established himself as a first-team regular at Kazakhstan national football team and he made his debut for the Hawks on February 2, 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Belarus. Shomko came as a substitute for Nurgaliev in the 85th minute of the match. He has 17 caps for the U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Armenia footballers played for Soviet Union national football team until 1991, when the country declared independence. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded the following year and they quickly established relations with both FIFA (1992) and UEFA (1993). Despite the fact that Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for the Armenia national football team, the Havakakan have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament. Mkhitaryan is undisputedly the team’s most famous footballer, but we should mention former Ajax striker Edgar Manucharyan as well, who is in the twighlight of his career. Armenia played their first international game against Moldova in October, 1992 and it has to be noted that they played out a goalless draw with the former Soviet republic. The Armenians have slim chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but they did well to beat Montenegro in the process. Armenia footballers wear red shirts and red shorts when playing at home ground (Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium), while the colour of their away kits is white.