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Latvia are unbeaten in four meetings with Kazakhstan as the sides come together for a second time in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A, having drawn 0-0 last time out.

Latvia will look to maintain their unbeaten run against Kazakhstan when the teams meet in their final UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A fixture.

• Latvia will finish fifth in the section if they avoid defeat; Kazakhstan will overtake them on head-to-head record if they win in Riga.

Previous meetings
• The sides drew 0-0 in Astana on 9 September 2014.

• Latvia are unbeaten in four meetings with Kazakhstan: W2 D2 L0.

• Their first encounter, a 2-1 friendly win for Latvia on 17 April 2002, was only Kazakhstan's second game as a UEFA member – following a goalless draw with Estonia on 14 November 2001.

Form guide
• Latvia are without a win in five competitive home games (D2 L3).

• Kazakhstan are without a victory in 15 competitive away fixtures (D2 L13) since a 3-1 triumph in Andorra in September 2009.

Disciplinary
• The latest booking list is available here: http://www.uefa.org/disciplinary/disciplinary-cases/booking-lists/index.html.

Trivia and links
• Kazakhstan defender Yermek Kuantayev turns 24 the day of the Latvia game.

• The nations have met three times in UEFA age-group tournaments, with the Latvian sides having marginally the better of the games (W1 D2). Most recently, Latvia's Under-19s beat their Kazakh counterparts 3-0 in October 2014.

• The only past encounter between the nations' clubs came in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, SK Liepājas Metalurgs ousting FC Aktobe with a 1-0 win at home and a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan.

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