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Kazakhstan vs France: Predictions
Sunday’s fixture represents Kazakhstan’s first match in this qualifying cycle and Talgat Baysufinov’s side come into it off the back of a six-game winless run across friendlies and the Nations League. The Hawks have only won 12 of their 60 World Cup qualifiers to date, with their last coming against the Faroe Islands (2-1) in September 2013, during the qualification cycle for Brazil 2014.
Les Bleus could only manage a 1-1 draw with Ukraine during their opening qualifier, with a Presnel Kimpembe own goal cancelling out Antoine Griezmann’s first-half opener. Even so, the reigning world champions remain unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches dating back to a 2-0 loss to Turkey in June 2019 and will be confident of another victory here given Kazakhstan’s poor competitive record.
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Kazakhstan vs France: Match Stats
Kazakhstan are without a win in their last six games, losing four, drawing two and scoring just three goals. However, they held their own during their last match against a top-10 nation, losing 2-0 to Belgium in October 2019. The Hawks have conceded 128 goals in 60 World Cup qualifiers to date.
Antoine Griezmann has scored in each of his last three appearances for club and country, while he has four goals in his last eight caps for France. Les Bleus have lost just four of their last 42 World Cup qualifiers and are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches. Didier Deschamps’ side have taken the lead inside the opening 20 minutes in three of their last four competitive games.