FRANCE V KAZAKHSTAN
France will be looking for a repeat result of a 1-2 Nations League success over Spain.
In that game, France managed 36% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For France, the goalscorers were Karim Benzema (66') and Kylian Mbappé (80'). Spain had 12 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Mikel Oyarzabal (64') scored for Spain.
Matches involving France have often been entertaining affairs of late with high scoring being a common characteristic. Over their past half dozen games, a total of 20 goals have been scored for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 12 of them belonging to France. Such a trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this game, of course.
Since being beaten in their last game against Finland in WC Qualifiers - Europe action, Kazakhstan and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Kazakhstan managed 38% possession and 7 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. On the other side, Finland got 20 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. Teemu Pukki (45', 47') scored for Finland.
The stats tell the story, and Kazakhstan have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 13 goals in total. At the back, Kazakhstan can certainly do much better.
Prediction: Both teams to score
CRUSADERS V LINFIELD
Crusaders won’t want a repeat of their last result here following a 1-0 Premiership defeat last time out to Larne.
Lee Lynch (77') was the scorer for Larne.
A recurring feature of more recent Crusaders games is the number of results with a nil in them.
Taking their previous 6 matches leading up to this one, in 5 of them a bet on "Both Teams to Score" would've been a loser. We will just have to find out if that trend can be continued on here.
Coming into this fixture, Crusaders have not won against Linfield in their last 7 league games.
In their previous fixture, Linfield drew 0-0 in the Premiership match with Portadown.
A succession of hard-working showings from the Linfield defensive players has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 2 from their last 6 fixtures combined. In that time, their own attack force has managed to score 12.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
COLERAINE V DUNGANNON
Coleraine enter this fixture after a 0-0 Premiership drawn game versus Carrick Rangers.
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that not much more can be done by the Coleraine defence. Coleraine have been miserly, with the tally of goals that have gone in at their end during their previous six outings standing at 2. That sort of trend might not follow through into this next game, however.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Cliftonville in Premiership action, Dungannon Swifts will be hoping to turn things around here.
Ronan Doherty (25'), Joe Gormley (36') and Jamie McDonagh (86') scored for Cliftonville.
A spate of fairly weak displays from the Dungannon Swifts defence has resulted in a total of 18 goals being surrendered by them in just their past six fixtures. They certainly could do with sorting out this unimpressive area of their play.
Prediction: Both teams to score
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