Against the Kazakhstan national team, the Latvians need a victory in regular time to enter the last round of group games with an increased chance of making the quarter-finals. However, it should be kept in mind that Kazakhstan is the most dangerous of the second echelon teams in the group. In addition, the Latvian national team is aware that it is precisely against relatively weaker opponents that there is sometimes a lack of concentration.
It should also be kept in mind that the weak point of the Latvian team so far has been the realization of chances in attack with 6.90% efficiency, but the Kazakhstan team cannot complain much about the 11.24% indicator.
The captain of the Latvian national team, Kaspars Daugaviņš, emphasized that it is important to be the first to score a goal, because otherwise the tension on the field increases and the opponents gain more and more self-confidence.
In the history of the World Championships, the Latvian national team has four victories in five games against Kazakhstan. The loss occurred in the previous meeting at the 2021 championship in Riga, and Latvia will be hoping history does not repeat itself on Saturday.