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Kazakhstan vs France Prediction & Match Preview

Kazakhstan

France

28 March 2021 13:00 UK/ 14:00 CET World Cup Qual

After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Ukraine, France will be looking to return to winning ways in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers when they take on Kazakhstan on Sunday afternoon. 

Les Tricolores will not have a better chance than this to get back on course, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the former Soviet republic. 

Despite failing to find the net in the opener, PSG ace Kylian Mbappe will be the man to keep an eye on in the away team.

Both Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele should be recalled to the starting XI after the duo came from the bench in the draw with Ukraine. 

Kazakhstan, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in all competitions, and we do not believe that they are capable of matching the star-studded world champions at Astana Arena.

Kazakhstan vs France: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Kazakhstan France played so far 0 matches.

Kazakhstan vs France Prediction

Kazakhstan in actual season average scored 1.26 goals per match. In 11 (84.62%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (61.54%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

France average scored 2.08 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (61.54%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (30.77%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Kazakhstan midfield lynchpin Islambek Kuat was given his marching orders last time out against Lithuania, but the 28-year-old has not been selected for the squad either way.

Artur Shushenachev would have hoped to earn his debut for the national team this month, but an injury has prevented the Kairat forward from linking up with the team for March's fixtures.

CSKA Moscow's Baktiyar Zaynutdinov will carry the goalscoring burden - he boasts seven strikes in 16 appearances for his country - and another one would see him move join third in the all-time top scorer charts for Kazakhstan alongside Sergei Khizhnichenko, who has not made the cut.

In a huge blow to Deschamps and France, N'Golo Kante has sustained a hamstring injury and will play no part in their next two matches, so Paul Pogba will hope to grasp his opportunity in midfield.

The Bleus manager admitted that Mbappe did not play well before he was substituted on Wednesday - with some surprised that the Paris Saint-Germain forward started after an injury scare - so he could be rested here as Ousmane Dembele looks to impress.

Rotation should be on the cards before a more daunting clash with Bosnia, so Anthony Martial, Lucas Digne and Leo Dubois are in contention to feature from the first whistle here.

Kazakhstan possible starting lineup:
Pokatilov; Alip, Marochkin, Erlanov; Beysebekov, Abiken, Zaynutdinov, Tagybergen, Shomko; Aymbetov, Fedin

France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Dubois, Varane, Lenglet, Digne; Pogba, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Coman; Martial


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