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Lithuania vs Slovenia odds, preview and predictions

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Sunday 12/10/2014, 21:45, Euro 2016 Qualification, Lithuania vs Slovenia

Lithuania vs Slovenia Preview

Lithuania is tied for the lead with England in Group F, a performance that greatly surpassed the relatively low expectations ahead of the opening game.

They prevailed in consecutive matches and didn't allow a single goal over the span, but their opponents were hardly spectacular. Slovenia is the first team that can cause them plenty of headaches, especially after winning by a narrow margin over Switzerland last week.

Lithuania vs Slovenia Odds

At Pinnacle Sports

Lithuania 3.70, Draw 3.20, Slovenia 2.25

Lithuania vs Slovenia Tips

Lithuania played against their neighbors earlier this week and dominated the match from one end to the other, but were lucky to score late in the second half. Estonia defended with all lines because they were planning on settling for a scoreless draw if the opportunity arises.

Matulevicius was the only striker and he is expected to play up front all by himself once again, but the midfield will probably provide all the support that he needs. It was a reserve that scored the decisive goal, with Mikolinas being introduced in the 60th minute and from that point onward, Lithuania was far more dangerous. This is why he will probably feature in the starting formation instead of Kalonas.

Slovenia lost to Estonia at the end of a game that was more difficult than pundits expected it to be, with the hosts scoring with five minutes left in regulation time. Manager Katanec made the necessary changes in the starting formation and decided to use two strikers against Switzerland, but he had to adjust the strategy on the go.

The visitors were the dominant side and had crushing ball possession despite playing on the road, but Slovenia got lucky and scored from a penalty kick late in the second half. Tonight they will need to shift into a more aggressive gear, because Lithuania is great and defending and now that they sit at the top of the group F, they will be less motivated to take chances upfront.

Key Facts

  • Lithuania would gladly settle for a draw that will consolidate their position at the top of the group
  • The two teams met just twice in official games and Lithuania prevailed on both occasions by 2-1

Lithuania vs Slovenia Prediction

Both past performance and recent form suggest that Lithuania is the team to back tonight, given the fact that they won the head to head games and are leading the group. The fact that Pinnacle Sports offers excellent odds for the hosts to win or draw, the double chance wager is the perfect choice at 1.70.

Bet: Lithuania or Draw @ 1.70 with Pinnacle Sports

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