Our football match prediction:
Astana Arena will host Friday’s football game between Kazakhstan and Montenegro. The Kazaks are on a three-game losing run in Group E and they have slim chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Aleksandr Borodyuk’s men have been struggling at the back in the qualifiers and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Montenegro. Kazakhstan experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Denmark in their last qualifier and we would not be surprised if they suffered their fourth consecutive loss in the process. The Montenegrins rolled over Armenia (4-1) in June and thanks to the triumph they retained second place in Group E. Montenegro are desperate to qualify for the major tournament for the first time ever and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Kazakhstan.
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 (Montenegro):
Montenegro is yet another former Yugoslavian republic. The Montenegrins declared their independence in 2006 and they played their first official match under the name of Montenegro in March, 2007. The Hrabri sokoli defeated Hungary in their first official game, with the team coming from behind to beat the Hungarians. Serie A superstar Mirko Vucinic and Igor Burzanovic scored for Montenegro in the 2-1 triumph over Hungary. Montenegro national football team participated in the UEFA Euro 2012 playoffs and that is regarded as the team’s biggest success. The Hrabri sokoli faced Czech Republic in the double-header, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Aforementioned attacker Mirko Vucinic is seen as one of the most famous footballers who played for the Montenegro national team, but we should mention former Manchester City ace Stevan Jovetic as well. Montenegro play their home games at Stadion Pod Goricom and they recorded their biggest win against San Marino (6-0) in September, 2012.