Slovakia vs Belarus by Rainbow-Bet
Slovakia have impressed with their performance and results so far in the qualifying stage. Sits on a great 2nd place in group C with 19 points (6-1-1), only 2 points behind group leaders Spain. Lost 2-0 away against Spain as expected, and «only» manage 0-0 at home against a pretty good Ukraine side last round. The scoreless draw was a pretty good result for both teams. Before these two matches, Jan Kozak's men had 9 wins in a row. With a Slovakia win here tonight, they'll be ready for EURO 2016 in France next year, the players will be extremely motivated in front of the home crowd in Bratislava tonight.
The home side are really strong defensively with centre backs Skrtel (Liverpool) and Hubocan (Dynamo Moscow), use to play with two defensive midfielders, first choices are Kucka (AC Milan) and Pecovsky (Zilina). The trio behind the striker are exciting and have the potential to score goals. Slovakia's top scorer Marek Hamsik (Napoli) is well known, and one of the most creative midfielders in the world.
Slovakia's still got some players out injured ahead of today's match, these are:
Norbert Gyömber (defender) suspended
Peter Pekarik (defender)
Lubomir Michalik (defender)
Erik Jendrisek (midfielder)
Robert Vittek (striker)
Filip Holosko (striker)
The home side are expected to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation as they normally does, the trio behind the striker will be pushed higher up the field to put pressure on Belarus. Expected lineup:
Salata – Skrtel – Hubocan – Tesak
Kucka – Pecovsky
Mak – Hamsik – Duris
The guests have absolutely nothing to play for in this match, and also got a even worse injury list than Slovakia. The Belarus team haven't got the sort of dept in their squad, and the starting eleven will be weaker than usual.
Belarus is on a 4th place with 7 points (2-1-5). Their wins came against poor Luxembourg at home and against Makedonia away. Both playmaker Aleksandr Hleb and top scorer Sergei Kornelenko are unavailable today. Here is the complete injury list:
Aleksandr Hleb (midfielder)
Igor Shitov (defender)
Sergei Kornelenko (striker)
Timofei Kalachev (midfielder)
Roman Begunov (defender)
Dzmitry Verkhawtsow (defender)
Sergey Krivets (midfield)
Against Luxembourg Belarus only produced 3 shots on goal, against Ukraine 2 shot on goal and against Spain also only 2 shots on goal. Ahead of today's match they'll miss out a lot of important players with creativity and goal scoring abilities. Only available player who stands out is Renan Bressan (Rio Ave), the midfielder is the most dangerous threat with his nice passing skills, work rate and experience. But we'll probably see a Belarus side who will create few chances against a good defensive Slovakia side.
Volodko – Sivakov – Filipenko – Bordachev
Nekhajchik – Bressan – Mayevski – Gordejchuk
We are pretty amazed over the good value in a Slovakia win. The two most important factors are injuries and motivation. Slovakia will be top motivated and full of energy, while the guests have nothing to play for. In the previous meeting in Minsk, Slovakia won 1-3. We think they win at home in Bratislava, where they haven't lost a game yet. In 5 of the 6 Belarus defeat, they opponents have scored 2 goals or more than Belarus, this is a great chance to bet on a European Handicap today.
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