Slovakia vs Wales betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview and predictions

Slovakia vs Wales prediction: Slovakia 1-1 Wales

A massive game for Wales.

Group E could hardly be any tighter at the top but Wales are currently playing catch-up.

The Dragons have been very disappointing on their travels in this campaign so far but can not afford to leave Trnava empty handed.

Can either side claim three invaluable points?

Highlights of Wales 1-0 Slovakia

Slovakia vs Wales: Who will win?

Slovakia, as the hosts, are actually favourites to win this game at 7/5.

Wales are slight underdogs at 21/10.

A draw, which doesn’t really do either team any favours, is 2/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/15.

Both teams to score though is evens.

Draw and both teams to score is 10/3.

Gareth Bale: Wales' all-time top goal scorer

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 02: Gareth Bale of Wales shoots during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Austria at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Teenager Róbert Boženík could lead the line for the home side. He is 6/1 to score first and 11/4 to score anytime.

Captain Marek Hamšík is his countries’ leading appearance maker and goalscorer of all time. He is 8/1 to break the deadlock and 7/2 to net anytime.

Gareth Bale meanwhile will, as always, be his side’s main man for goals. The Real Madrid Galáctico is 4/1 to score first and 15/8 to strike anytime.

Aaron Ramsey of Juventus will be hoping to be his partner in crime. He is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.

Both Michal Ďuriš  and Pavol Šafranko to score is 11/1.

Both Róbert Boženík and Pavol Šafranko to score is also 11/1.

Both Dan James and Bale to score is 14/1.

Both Ramsey and Bale to score is 16/1.

Slovakia vs Wales: Match preview

Euro 2020 live streaming

ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Slovakia are bidding to make it to a major tournament for a third time as an independent nation.

They upset the odds by reaching South Africa 2010 before making it to the Euros for the first time in 2016.

Their Euro 2020 qualification campaign began well with a 2-0 home victory over Hungary back in March.

Ondrej Duda and then Albert Rusnák the scorers.

But then, three days later, an early goal saw them to a 1-0 loss in Cardiff.

That was then followed by their biggest competitive away win since 2007.

In June, Stanislav Lobotka, Juraj Kucka, Marek Hamšík and Dávid Hancko all got on the scoresheet in a 5-1 drubbing of Azerbaijan in Baku.

Their results last month were mixed to say the least.

Pavel Hapal’s side were first demolished at home by Croatia, going down 4-0 in Trnava.

However, they did not let that effect them.

Just three days later, goals by Róbert Mak and Róbert Boženík ensured they won 2-1 in Hungary.

That means, Slovakia have nine points after five games and are second, above Hungary on head to head record.

Their remaining two qualifiers, both in November, are away to group leaders Croatia and then at home to whipping boys Azerbaijan.

A win here would put them in a brilliant position to qualify so will Štadión Antona Malatinského be celebrating a vital three points?

Will Wales win away?

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Aaron Ramsey of Wales celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Wales meanwhile cannot leave with nothing.

The problem coming into this one is that home has been where the heart is for the Dragons.

They began their campaign with that afore mentioned 1-0 win over Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Dan James’ first ever international goal ensuring they made the perfect start.

But, things then got tougher in the summer.

They faced back to back away games in Osijek and then in Budapest.

In the first of those, James Lawrence scored an own goal as they were beaten 2-1 by World Cup finalists Croatia.

Then, far more disappointingly, a late strike saw them defeated by Hungary 1-0.

That left them needing to beat Azerbaijan at home in their most recent match or their automatic hopes were all but over.

They made the perfect start when one of the most bizarre own goals you are ever likely to see put them in front.

But, some very slack defending let the visitors equalise on the hour.

Nevertheless, in the 85th minute, Gareth Bale’s looping header was enough to secure a win by the narrowest of margins in more way than one.

That means the group table now looks like this:

Croatia have ten points, Hungary and Slovakia have nine and Wales have six having played a game less than all three of the teams above them.

Ryan Giggs’s side do have a game in hand but they’re simply in desperate need of points on the board.

This cannot be another miserable away day for them so will they leave Slovakia with a point or, ideally, all three?

Slovakia team news vs Wales

Marek Hamsik

Marek Hamšík of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 2-1 goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Torino FC at Stadio San Paolo on May 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Pavel Hapal’s squad does contain some familiar faces and he is not expected to change too much from the side that won in Hungary in their last outing.

As always, Martin Dúbravka of Newcastle United will be in goal; this’ll be his 22nd international cap.

Veterans Martin Škrtel, Tomáš Hubočan and Adam Nemec are in the squad but are no available for this match.

That is because their upcoming friendly with Paraguay will be used as a testimonial for that trio who won 209 caps between them.

So, their star defender who will start is Inter’s Milan Škriniar.

Ľubomír Šatka will be preferred to Peter Pekarík at right-back.

Stanislav Lobotka and Juraj Kucka will anchor the midfield.

Ahead of them will be Marek Hamšík who now plays in China with Dàlián Yīfāng, under manager Rafa Benítez.

His 116 caps and 24 goals means he holds both records for his country and is still a very integral part of this team.

Zenit’s Róbert Mak and Albert Rusnák of Real Salt Lake will be out-wide.

Patrik Hrošovský, Matúš Bero and Ján Greguš will have to be content with a place on the bench.

Up front, Hapal has a decision to make.

Teenager Róbert Boženík scored the winner in Hungary so that should see him start in this one.

Michal Ďuriš and former Dundee United forward Pavol Šafranko would miss out.

Will this side be too strong for Wales?

Wales team news vs Slovakia

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 16: Ryan Giggs, Manager of Wales looks on during the national anthem with his team during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As for Wales, Ryan Giggs’ squad is almost at full strength.

Despite the fact he’s made just one club appearance so far this season, Wayne Hennessey will win his 86th cap in goal.

One of their two key absentees is at centre-back as Chris Mepham has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

So, it’s likely to be Joe Rodon and Ashley Williams at the heart of defence.

Ben Davies is expected to get the nod over Neil Taylor at left-back.

In midfield, Ethan Ampadu is still awaiting his debut for RB Leipzig but will anchor Wales’ midfield as always.

Joe Allen will be alongside him in the deeper positions.

Further forward is where the other key player is missing, also incidentally he’s a Bournemouth player.

David Brooks has not played since the start of the season after ankle surgery the summer.

However, they still have a plethora of options in those attacking areas.

Harry Wilson, another Bournemouth man, and Manchester United’s Dan James will definately start.

Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey is expected to be fit despite missing Sunday night’s Derby d’Italia.

Tom Lawrence is expected to be named as a substitute despite his off-field issues at Derby.

That would mean Gareth Bale leads the line looking to add to his record 32 international goals.

Can he fire Wales to a massive win Trnava?

Predicted Slovakia line-up vs Wales

Predicted Slovakia line-up vs Wales

Predicted Slovakia line-up vs Wales.

Predicted Wales line-up vs Slovakia

Predicted Wales line-up vs Slovakia

Predicted Wales line-up vs Slovakia.

Highlights of Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

Highlights of Croatia 2-1 Wales

Highlights of Hungary 1-0 Wales

 

The latest tweets from Wales pre Slovakia

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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