The European Championship qualification has just begun, but already in some groups the second matchday is on the program. Group E kicked off on Thursday and therefore at least two teams on Sunday can already take a big step towards EURO 2020. Croatia and Slovakia lead the classification after their first round victories against Azerbaijan and Hungary with three points each. Because there are five teams in the pool, the Welsh had no match on matchday one. The duel against the Slovaks on Sunday, however, now also engage the British in the events.
At first glance, this game is completely open to us. In other words, we consider a home win possible, but we can also imagine that the Slovaks could make an excellent start for the next games in June with another victory. Before the kick-off between Wales and Slovakia, odds suggest that bookmakers are finding the Welshs of Gareth Bale slightly better. If we take the performance of Wales in the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago and the appearance of the Slovaks in qualifying against Hungary as a benchmark, then the score on Sunday in Cardiff can score quite well. However, the Slovaks already have a slight allergy to foreign stadiums, so it will be necessary to see if the negative series in away games will come to an end.
Football Betting Prediction Wales vs Slovakia
In general, in the duel between Wales and Slovakia, a forecast is very difficult to make. It is clear that the Welsh should not lose this game. In the fight for one of the two European Championship tickets a bankruptcy would be a significant setback. For the Slovaks, however, this game is only a bonus and in principle Marek Hamsik and Co. can only win on Sunday.
Wales – Statistics & Current Form
Wales has disappeared for many years in the sinking of international football. What Ryan Giggs never did as a player has led Gareth Bale to lead the Welsh to a big tournament. Now the coach and his superstar are fighting side by side to reach the European Championship in 2020 as well. The Welsh have a team that has a lot of experience in the Premier League. So you have to keep this team on the slip. However, it did not go very well last time. Four defeats have been made in the last six games. In the Nations League, however, it was enough to rank second in Division B and thus also to the league. However, the recent weeks’ performance has not really encouraged us, so we would not make a blanket prediction for a successful British qualifier before the game between Wales and Slovakia.
Last Wednesday, the Welshmis did not shine with fame in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago. However, Ryan Giggs also sparing some players and so his team came only in added time by a goal by Ben Woodburn to 1-0 victory. It was the second late goal in the last three games. Manchester United was known for late goals under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“The Slovaks have a very good team and will probably be our biggest rival in the European Championship qualifiers.” – Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs hopes that his longtime coach’s magic has also passed to him and his Welsh. Perhaps also on Sunday in a duel against Slovakia, because Ryan Giggs knows that this opponent is likely to be the toughest rival on the way to EURO 2020. Personally, we will see a very different Welsh team. Aaron Ramsey, who had last problems with the thigh, should probably be operational. Even superstar Gareth Bale was protected in the test match against the kicker from the Caribbean, but should play against Slovakia nevertheless. Therefore, we expect the Welsh on Saturday almost in best lineup.
Expected deployment of Wales:
Hennessey – Gunter, Williams, Taylor, Davies – Vaulks, Ramsey, Allen, Smith – Bale, Woodburn
Last matches of Wales:
- 20.03.2019 – Wales vs. Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 (friendly)
- 20.11.2018 – Albania Vs. Wales 1: 0 (friendly)
- 16.11.2018 – Wales vs. Denmark 1: 2 (Nations League)
- 16.10.2018 – Ireland vs. Wales 0: 1 (Nations League)
- 11.10.2018 – Wales vs. Spain 1: 4 (friendly)
Slovakia – Statistics & Current Form
The Slovaks intend to start a new era with Pavel Hapal. Therefore, the Czech coach of the Slovaks also relies on many young players to be led by some experienced crackers. However, he has been more or less forced to do so, with Martin Skrtel, Tomas Hubocan, Vladimir Weiss and Adam Nemec four top performers have resigned from the national team. Maybe this circumstance makes the task even more appealing. After all, with Marek Hamsik, Ondrej Duda or Peter Pekarik, there are more experienced people available to help with the rebuilding process. Although the Slovaks descended from Division B in the League of Nations, the tendency in recent games has been very positive. In the last four games, the Slovaks have conceded only one defeat. So we can imagine that they could harvest something in Cardiff on Sunday. In the game between Wales and Slovakia, the odds on the double chance to exploit X2, we consider quite interesting, with the Slovaks have won away in the meantime in the total since seven games and only drew a draw.
The Slovaks have already played their first competitive match this year on Thursday, when the Hungarians were guests in Trnava. The Hungarians gave the home side a hard time, but Slovakia was the better team overall.
“It will be important that we are aggressive again in the duels and win many personal duels. We have done very well against Hungary. ” – Pavel Hapal
Ondrej Duda scored the psychologically important 1-0 shortly before the break. In the 84th minute got Albert Rusnak with the 2: 0 the decision. The basis for this success was a passionate performance by the Slovaks. Pavel Hapal also wants to see his team in Wales, because with the British in particular it will be even more corporeal. Even before the game against Hungary, the coach has announced that he will make his lineup depending on the freshness of each player. This means that quite a few personnel changes are possible. Sporting, however, there are not many reasons to change anything and because such a victory can once again release forces, we will probably see a similar formation, as last Thursday against Hungary.
Expected formation of Slovakia:
Dubravka – Hancko, Skriniar, Vavro, Pekarik – Kucka, Lobotka – Mak, Hamsik, Rusnak – Duda
Last matches of Slovakia:
- 21.03.2019 – Slovakia vs. Hungary 2: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
- 19.11.2018 – Czech Republic vs. Slovakia 1: 0 (Nations League)
- 16.11.2018 – Slovakia vs. Ukraine 4: 1 (Nations League)
- 16.10.2018 – Sweden vs lovakia 1: 1 (friendly)
- 13.10.2018 – Slovakia vs Czech Republic 1: 2 (Nations League)
Wales vs Slovakia Direct Comparison
Only three times have the paths of the selection teams from Wales and Slovakia crossed. In a direct comparison, the Welsh are ahead with 2: 1 wins. A draw did not exist yet. It is striking that many goals usually fall when these teams meet. The last match was in the group stage of EURO 2016 in France. There, the Welsh won 2-1 and should even penetrate to the semi-finals at the end. Gareth Bale and Hal Robson canoe met for the British. Ondrej Duda was able to dra for Slovakia in the meantime.
Wales vs Slovakia Our Betting Prediction
It should be the duel for the second European Championship starting place in this group, if we assume that Croatia will qualify for sure. The pressure on both teams, but especially on Wales is great. With a defeat, the Welsh would have to catch up six counters. The form of the last few months is manageable with the Elf of Ryan Giggs. Four of the last six international matches were lost. Therefore, in the duel between Wales and Slovakia, we probably would not want to take the odds of a home win. In addition, the Slovaks started with a good game and a victory in the qualifiers, which should possibly give a boost to the match in Cardiff.
Key Facts – Wales vs Slovakia tips
Wales have lost four of the last six internationals.
The Slovaks only drew in their last seven away games and lost six.
In a direct comparison, Wales are ahead with 2: 1 wins.
However, the away weakness of the last months of the Slovaks is hard to miss. In the past seven guest appearances it was just enough to draw. However, football in Slovakia under Pavel Hapal has now changed a bit. Although there was no draw between these two teams, we can imagine that the Slovaks will score. So, in the match between Wales and Slovakia, it would probably be a bet on the betting odds for the double chance.
Betting Prediction: Double Chance X2