Astana and Aktobe will meet in the match of the 21st round of the championship of Kazakhstan. Will the guests be able to resist?
"Astana" has lost the lead, but continues to fight for its return, taking second place with 45 points and being one point away from the leading "Tobol". The end of June turned out to be terrible for Astana, because it suffered two defeats in a row-0: 2 from Ordabasy and 2:3 from Kyzyl-Zhar. But in the next two matches, Astana improved and scored the maximum number of points, beating first Shakhtar from Karaganda (4-3), and then Akzhayyk (1-0).
Six rounds before the end of the championship, Aktobe has almost no tournament motivation, since the European Cup zone has long disappeared from view, and the relegation zone is hardly a threat, because the gap from it is equal to nine points. In the previous two rounds, Aktobe scored four points, beating Akzhayyk 2-1 and sharing points with Taraz (0-0). On the eve of the 21st round, Aktobe has 24 points and takes the 10th place.
Statistics and figures:
- "Astana" won in two extreme matches;
- Aktobe lost in the championship in one round out of the last six;
- "Astana" does not lose to "Aktobe" 22 matches in a row.
Aktobe rarely loses, but it does not often win either. "Astana" managed without losses in the last two rounds and should extend the victory march in the upcoming meeting, since a misfire can lead to an increase in the gap from the first line.