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Slovakia vs Liechtenstein match preview
At the mid-way point of Group J, Slovakia currently occupy the all-important second automatic qualification spot, desperate to stay there.
Francesco Calzona’s team were enjoyed a run of three successive victories in this campaign, prior to Friday night’s defeat in Bratislava, narrowly beaten 1-0 by run-away leaders Portugal.
Nevertheless, the Falcons still sit in second place, above Luxembourg by virtue of goal difference.
Slovakia are seeking to qualify for a third successive Euros and, with huge games to come in October and November, they cannot afford to slip-up in this clash at Národný futbalový štadión.
This though seems unlikely, as Liechtenstein continue to fulfil the role of whipping boys.
The Blue-Reds have played five and lost five in 2023, including a narrow 2-1 defeat in Bosnia three nights ago, although this game will be most remembered for Sandro Wolfinger’s stunning consolation strike in Zenica.
Nevertheless, Liechtenstein have now lost 15 consecutive competitive matches, with new manager Konrad Fünfstück dreaming of delivering their first qualification victory since November 2014.
Anything other than a resounding home win at Tehelné pole would be a major surprise.
Slovakia team news
Martin Dúbravka is likely to keep his place in goal, chosen over Marek Rodák, while Peter Pekarík will win his 122nd cap at right-back, closing in on Marek Hamšík’s national record of 138.
In attack, Róbert Polievka got the nod against Portugal and, should he start again, will feel this is a great opportunity for him to score his first-ever international goal.
Liechtenstein team news
Goalkeeper Benjamin Büchel will captain his country, in the absence of midfielder Nicolas Hasler.
Noah Frick, who’s currently out injured, remains the last Liechtenstein player to score in a non-defeat, bagging a late equaliser against Armenia almost exactly two years ago.