Sunday 12/10/2014, 21:45, Euro 2016 Qualification, Belarus vs Slovakia
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Slovakia is the surprising leader of the group, after winning back-to-back games, including the match against Spain. The former World and European champions were overconfident ahead of the match played on the road, expecting the hosts to crumble under pressure. Slovakia held its ground and scored first while denying the visitors a chance to do the same in the first half, while scoring the decisive goal in the final minutes of regulation time. Tonight they travel to Belarus, to face a team that sits at the bottom of the group with one point in two games.
Belarus vs Slovakia Odds
Belarus 3.20, Draw 3.20, Slovakia 2.45
Belarus vs Slovakia Tips
Slovakia is a team that doesn't lack the discipline and they also have the players needed to put up quite a fight, both at home and on the road. The match against Spain was impressive on many levels, not only because they scored twice, but also due to the fact that they found the strength to rebound after the equalizer.
The biggest concern ahead of this game is that the visitors might dwell on the recent success and underestimate their opponents. Regarding the starting formation, manager Kozak has no reason to change anything and Hamsik will feature upfront but midfielders will join him much often.
Playing against Spain is always a difficult thing to do and it comes as no surprise that the hosts defended with all lines and could only brag about a 36% ball possession. Tonight things will be very different, with Belarus being the team to defend, while Slovakia will press on in an attempt of winning the third consecutive game in the qualifying campaign.
The hosts have a dismal month after drawing against Luxembourg and losing to Ukraine last week, in a match where they suffered a late game meltdown. An own goal was enough to throw them off-balance and the Ukrainian side also scored in the last minute of overtime. Belarus' chances of qualifying to the European championship have all but vanished and the players lack motivation.
- The two teams are at the opposite end of form, with Slovakia firing on all cylinders while Belarus falters
- In the only direct match, Slovakia won by four goals to none, but that happen 18 years ago.
Belarus vs Slovakia Prediction
The odds for a victory on the road are excellent with Pinnacle Sports and as long as they revolve around 2.40, punters should back Slovakia. Risk-averse players could settle for the draw no bet wager on Slovakia at 1.70, as it is hard to believe that the hosts could win this fixture.
Bet: Slovakia Draw no Bet @ 1.70 with Pinnacle Sports