Red Star Belgrade vs Kairat Almaty


UEFA Champions League
Asian Handicap
Pick: 2 (+1.5)
Odds: 1.79
Stake: 1
Pinnacle

Match date: 28/07/2021

Kairat Almaty won 2:1 in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie. Jose Kante scored the opening goal for Kairat, but Dino Mikanovic unintentionally deflected the ball into his own goal for 1-1. It was a big shock for Kairat players, though they bounced back and scored the winner in the finish through Macky Bagnack. Red Star Belgrade now have a tough job to secure a progress. They need a two-goal victory and coach Dejan Stankovic is well aware they have a mountain to climb. Red Star were fantastic in domestic championship last season, they collected 108 points from a possible 114 available, winning 35 and drawing three of their 38 matches. Even more, goalkeeper Milan Borjan has kept 24 clean sheets across all competitions last season. Nevertheless, the fans want Champions League football and a possible elimination will put Stankovic under heavy pressure. The former Inter Milan star has no injury concerns ahead of this match and could name the strongest starting lineup.


Kairat play in the qualifications for the Champions League after winning their third title in Kazakhstani top-flight division, their first since 2004. They are now looking to finally secure group stage in some European competition, having failed to do it in seven separate attempts in the previous years. Coach Kirill Keker is fully focused on this match and it is not a surprise they lost in the domestic cup during the weekend (lost 1-0 at home to Arys). And nobody will say a word to Keker if Kairat secure a positive result in Belgrade. But Keker has some issues for this match. Left-back Gafurzhan Suyumbayev, midfielder Nebojsa Kosovic and striker Joao Paulo are all ruled out due to injury. In addition, Macky Bagnack, Jacek Goralski and Stas Pokatilov have all tested positive for coronavirus.


Kairat are the outsiders, but they should not be underestimated. They have a player able to make the difference - Vagner Love. He has a big experience after played for CSKA Moscow and Brazilian national team (20 caps). Vagner Love is expected to lead the attack and I think he is able to produce lot of problems to Borjan. I think Kairat won't lose with more than one goal.

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LOST Score: 5:0 Profit: -1
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