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Kazakhstan lost 6-0 the last time they took on Turkey in Almaty, and will look for a substantial improvement on that performance as the sides meet again in Group A.

Kazakhstan can only hope to improve on previous results against Turkey as Fatih Terim's side chase their second victory in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A.

Previous meetings
• Burak Yılmaz scored twice as Turkey beat Kazakhstan 3-1 in Istanbul in November; it was their first win in Group A.

Turkey have won all five of their competitive matches against Kazakhstan, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding just twice. Kazakhstan have yet to survive a half without conceding against Turkey.

• The sides are meeting for the second UEFA European Championship qualifying competition in succession, Turkey winning 3-0 in Astana and 2-1 in Istanbul last time out.

Turkey prevailed 6-0 last time they met Kazakhstan in Almaty, during 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying. It remains Kazakhstan's heaviest home defeat.

Form guide
Kazakhstan opened their Group A account with a 0-0 draw against Latvia but have lost all four of their subsequent fixtures in the section.

Kazakhstan are without a win in eight competitive games (D2 L6) since a 2-1 home success against the Faroe Islands in a September 2013 World Cup qualifier.

Turkey have not kept a clean sheet in six competitive matches since they beat Estonia 2-0 in their final away fixture of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Turkey's Group A away record is W0 D2 L1.

Trivia and links
• This is Kazakhstan's first competitive game in Almaty since a 4-0 loss to England in a World Cup qualifier on 6 June 2009; they have played subsequent home fixtures in the capital, Astana.

Kazakhstan have lost all but one of their meetings with Turkey in UEFA age-group competitions, but can take some heart from the fact that they beat Turkey 2-1 in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Almaty in June 2005. That is the only win registered by a Kazakh men's side in a UEFA game against a Turkish team.

• The only UEFA meeting between the nations' clubs was in the second qualifying round of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League; Galatasaray AŞ beat FC Tobol Kostanay 2-0 in Istanbul following a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan.