Wales are battling to get themselves through to Euro 2020. A defeat on the road in this one on Thursday would be devastating for them. They go into the game trailing Slovakia by three points. Wales have played a game less than them, but a six-point gap to make up would be a mountain. Read our Slovakia v Wales betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
Slovakia will be in a great position if they can get three points out of this one. They sit second in the group, trailing Croatia by a point. Earlier in the campaign, Slovakia suffered a 1-0 loss when they visited Wales so they need to get a bigger win than to hold the head to head tie-breaker advantage over Wales, if it comes down to that. Slovakia are W3 D0 L2 in the group, the other loss happening against Croatia.
Slovakia have taken only one victory in their last four European Championship home qualifiers (D1 L2) so haven’t been in hot home form. They have failed to score in three of those four as well. If you look at their overall home form to include all types of matches then they are W3 L1 in their last four. Slovakia have scored at least two goals in each of their last four successes at home.
Wales have won the last three meetings
Slovakia are W1 L3 in the overall head to head with Wales
Three of the five previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The one previous meeting in Croatia ended in a 5-2 win for Wales in 2007
Wales have a game in hand over everyone else, but that’s not going to help them out if they lose this fixture. The Welsh are W2 D2 in Group G and along with their victory over Slovakia, their one other success was a narrow success at home over Azerbaijan, with Gareth Bale sparing their blushes by netting the winner about five minutes from time. They have lost in Croatia and Hungary in their road games.
It is the road form that Wales have to be concerned about. They are W2 D1 L5 in their last eight away internationals. They are currently on a three-match losing streak on their travels as well. Wales have scored in just three of their last eight out on the road. Given that two of their last three defeats away from home have happened against Albania and Hungary, both 1-0 losses, punters are going to have a hard time trusting them again Slovakia.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
Slovakia are a tough side and are good enough to reverse their loss in Cardiff from earlier in the campaign. The away form of Wales just has not been there, it hasn’t been good enough and they are unlikely to have the goals in them to win this. Home win.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
It is turning out to be a competitive section, is Group E of Euro 2020 qualification. Hungary are top of the group thanks to holding a head to head advantage over Croatia. But then both Wales and Slovakia are just behind by three points. Home success for the Hungarians would leave their situation a lot stronger with just the three games to play after. Read our Hungary v Slovakia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 7th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
Hungary had a bit of a momentum setback on Friday night as they suffered a 2-1 away loss at Montenegro in a friendly. That was a surprise result as Hungary had been on a three-match winning streak before that. But they are likely to be stronger and a lot more focused for this pressure situation. When they go into the next international break in October, their first game is at Croatia, who they are level on points with at the top of the group. They need all they can get out of this one, before that big clash.
Hungary are carrying a bit of home form though. They are on a six-match winning streak on home turf in competitive games. They have conceded just one goal in their last four competitive home games. During this campaign, they have banked a 2-1 home success over Croatia and a 1-0 win over Wales. So that one goal winning margin for the home side may not be a bad option to lean towards for your betting. Their one defeat in the group happened in a 2-0 reverse against Slovakia. They’ll be out for some revenge.
Slovakia are W2 D2 L1 in the head to head against Hungary
Hungary lost the first group meeting 2-0
Two of the last three meetings have produced a home win
None of the five previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Slovakia had an even worse night on Friday than Hungary did. That is because they were crushed 4-0 at home by Croatia. That leaves them with a W2 L2 record in the group, their wins coming over Hungary and Azerbaijan, the defeats against Wales and then Croatia. Each of Slovakia’s last three games have gone over 3.5 goals but from a betting perspective that doesn’t look to be a viable option for this fixture.
Slovakia have no away form to speak of. In their last eight away games (both competitive and friendly) they have taken a W1 D1 L6 record. Four of those six defeats were by a 1-0 scoreline and all six of them were by a 1 goal margin. So that may well be a decent betting angle. In European. They really need to come up with something special in this one or they are likely going to fall out of the qualification picture completely.
Neither had a good night on Friday, but Hungary should be able to serve up a win on home soil. This is likely going to be a low scoring affair because both of them really need could use the win so it should be tense. There has been a trend of home wins in previous meetings. Roll with that.
8th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This is action from Wales’ group in Euro 2020 qualifiers. Slovakia and Croatia are starting this contest level on points in the race for an automatic qualification spot. So there is huge importance riding on this fixture. One of them could gain a huge advantage here, while at the same time, making life difficult for Wales as well. Read our Slovakia v Croatia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 4th, 2019 at 3:52 a.m.)
It is six points from three games that Slovakia have recorded. Slovakia got their group wins against Hungary and Azerbaijan, while their defeat happened in Wales. Slovakia didn’t have a good Nations League (W1 L3), but their form since then reads W3 L1 in their four played (competitive and friendly). So there has been a bit of an improvement in fortunes from them.
Slovakia have won their last two home games. They haven’t done too badly in recent home European Championship qualifying games. They are W4 D1 L1 in their last six such matches. In each of the wins posted in that sequence (including one over Spain), Slovakia scored at least two goals and they have three clean sheets in their last five home games. They are going to need a big defensive effort here and will know that avoiding defeat keep them well lint the qualification race.
Croatia are W2 D2 L1 against Slovakia
This is the first competitive meeting between the two nations
Slovakia won the first-ever meeting
Croatia’s two wins over Slovakia have been with clean sheets
World Cup 2018 losing finalists Croatia have had a tough time building on that massive success that they had. The Nations League did not go well for them and they are in a big fight here to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020. Like Slovakia, Croatia have taken six points from their three games played. This is a tricky away game then because of the pressure of the situation in it.
Since the end of the Nations League campaign, which ended with a 2-1 loss against England, Croatia are W2 L2. Their two wins were on home soil against Azerbaijan and Wales in these qualifiers. Their one away game in that sequence of matches happened out in Hungary, an unexpected 2-1 loss. Croatia do not have winning form away from home in qualifiers for the European Championships. They are W1 D2 L2 in their last five such away games, losing two of their last three.
Given that Slovakia have been carrying a bit of home form and did get the better of Hungary on home soil in these qualifiers, this should be a tight game. There may be enough quality in the ranks of the home side to avoid defeat.
5th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Wales will be looking for a flying start to Euro 2020 qualification. They warmed up with a friendly win over Trinidad in midweek. The Dragons will be playing host to Slovakia who kicked off their qualification campaign with a game against Hungary on Thursday with a win. Read our Wales v Slovakia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.)
It is a big night Wales on home soil as they start their Euro 2020 qualification campaign against Slovakia. The Dragons need a good win in this game to get themselves up and running with some early momentum. This game is in Group E of qualification and also joining the Welsh and Slovakians in the group are Croatia, Azerbaijan and Hungary. Wales earned a 1-0 international friendly victory over Trinidad and Tobago in midweek, the Welsh sending out an under-strength side. In their last six games, Wales have lost 4 and won 2. In Cardiff, they have lost two of their last three.
During their UEFA Nations League campaign Wales took a 4-1 victory over Ireland before losing 2-1 against Denmark in their home fixtures. Wales have only managed to score more than one goal in two of their last 10 internationals. They have produced at least one goal in four of their last five played though. Their main man Gareth Bale is the 7/5 anytime goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.).
Slovakia have already started their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They hosted Hungary in midweek and produced a 2-0 home success to give the Falcons a solid start. They did not have a good Nations League campaign though as they finished behind Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Looking back at their World Cup 2018 qualification Slovakia was pretty solid as they put in a second place finish behind England.
Their form has been hit and miss overall since the start of September as they have gone W3 D1 L3 in their last seven internationals. It is worth noting that they have lost each of their last four competitive away games though. Just as Wales have done, Slovakia have scored in all but one of their last five games. Given that they already have three points on the board in the qualification group, they will probably be relatively happy with a point out of this trip to Cardiff.
Slovakia are likely going to come and defend and they are probably not going to be knocked over easily. Wales can get at them with a quick start though and make it count home soil. Wales to win at 11/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.).
22nd March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
These two will be gearing up for their first UEFA Nations League action soon. They meet up before that starts in this friendly being played at the City Arena Trnava. Slovakia gets a game against Ukraine to start their campaign, while Wales and Ireland fans will be keeping an eye on Denmark as the three of them are together in a group. Read our Slovakia v Denmark betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from Boylesports on September 2nd, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.)
Slovakia failed to make it to the 2018 World Cup. They did edge out Scotland to finish second to England in their qualification group but they didn’t do enough to avoid finishing as the lowest ranked of the second-placed teams. They therefore were the ones to miss out on the play-offs. They did prove to be a difficult side to break down though particularly at home. However, they have conceded in each of their last four games played. In their last five games played they are W3 D1 L1.
Their most recent action was a friendly defeat against Morocco back in June. They had held the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw before that and did take a win over Norway in that sequence. We are going to have a look under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 4/7 odds with Boylesports* (Betting Odds were taken from Boylesports on September 2nd, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) for this friendly because it is just that, a warm-up ahead of the more serious stuff of the Nations League. Slovakia meets Ukraine and Czech Republic in their Nations League group.
Denmark did manage to get themselves to the 2018 World Cup and they played some decent stuff there as well. They opened with a narrow win over Peru and then really let themselves down a bit in a draw with Australia. It was a dull 0-0 draw with France in their final match which just suited both sides and was a bit of a dead rubber. Denmark were then eliminated in the round of sixteen in a penalty shoot-out by Croatia.
Denarska had finished second in their World Cup qualification group, behind Poland and then demolished Ireland in the play offs.
To their huge credit from the start of 2017 through to the end of the 2018 World Cup, Denmark haven’t lost a single game (90 minutes). So that is a massive undefeated streak that they are on. That’s more than hints at some major strengths there and their main star is Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen. We can’t look past a low scoring game here though and a 1-1 correct score has a stack of appeal at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from Boylesports on September 2nd, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.). Denmark meet Ireland and Wales in the Nations League group.
There have been just the two meetings between Slovakia and Denmark before. They both ended in an away win and both were friendly matches played in 2011 and in 2012.
We don’t see a winner being produced in this one as both have their strengths. Denmark have the better quality but they aren’t going to be busting a gut here out on the road. We like the draw in the match outright for this international friendly betting opportunity.
3rd September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
A huge night for Scotland. They were looking like also-rans early in the campaign, but they have turned things around wonderfully and if they can win this fixture on Thursday night then they will be in the driving seat to make it into second place. The Scots are duelling with Slovakia and Slovenia for that second place and will go on to face Slovenia next week. So they have their fate entirely in their own hands. So can they get a big three points here? Slovakia are no pushovers though as we saw in the earlier group meeting between the pair. Scotland though are 13/10 favourites at William Hill, with the draw at 11/5 and Slovakia at 21/10.
The Scots are part of that tight scrap for second place in Group F, along with Slovakia and Slovenia. They need to break out a win here which would give them a two point advantage over the Slovaks with one game to play. With Slovenia, who are level on points with Scotland expected to lose against England on the same night, Scotland could be sitting pretty. But they have to get that win and that is after they lost 3-0 against Slovakia earlier in the group, when Gordon Strachan’s men never got themselves into the game. But they have put together a good stretch of form since then and have gone W3 D1 in their last four qualifiers. Slovakia are a tidy side and it could be worth going over 2.5 goals at William Hill in this one for a price of 5/4.
Scotland have lost just one of their last eleven home games and that was against Germany. So the home form is the ref for them and the returns at home in the group so far has seen the scots go W2 D2, which includes their excellent draw against group leaders England. Scotland have a couple of key midfielders missing in Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong and Matt Ritchie is also out. So they’re going to look to their depth a little bit. In the William Hill anytime goalscorer market, Leigh Griffiths is 15/8 favourite with Steven Fletcher and Chris Martin around the 13/8 mark. This will be Scotland’s first competitive home match against Slovakia and both teams to score at William Hill brings a price of 19/20.
Slovakia played well at Wembley in their last qualifier, taking the lead against England before being overhauled in a 2-1 defeat. But they are a tidy side and their group win over Scotland was easy for them. They will know that a win, will more likely than not, secure the second spot on Thursday, which avoids final day dramas for them. Slovakia have scored 14 goals in qualification, the same amount as Scotland, but have conceded four fewer. They have not been all that great out on the road though in a W2 D2 record, losing in England and Slovenia and only edging out Lithuania 2-1. They conceded away at Malta as well in a 3-1 win. They have just one clean sheet in their last nine away games. There’s a chance for both of these sides in this one and Slovakia won’t be a pushover. Marek Hamsik and Adam Nemec are both at 12/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for them.
Draw: Slovakia did a good job last time out against England and they look as if they could be tidy enough to go to Hampden Park and collect a point in this one. That would keep them in the hunt for a second place finish so they would be happy with that.
4th October 2017 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
England will be able to put one foot in the door of the 2018 World Cup with a home victory over Slovakia on Monday night. After beating Malta 4-0 thanks to a flurry of late goals, England have a much tougher task on their hands against the second-placed Slovaks. Slovakia have won their last five games in a row in the group and are a physical threat and are defensively organised as England found out at the European Championships last summer. The Three Lions though won the opening group match of the World Cup qualifiers against them and need a repeat to be sitting comfortably at the top.
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This is a big moment for England in World Cup qualifying now. Victory at Wembley on Monday will send them five points clear at the top of Group F with just the two games to play. This is their toughest challenge now of the games that they have left. Slovakia are in the hunt for second place and managed to find a late winner over Slovenia on the weekend to keep themselves just the two points behind England. It would be massive for them if they could pull off a shock win. England are 4/11 to win, with the Draw at 4/1 and Slovakia 8/1.
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The Three Lions are still well in the driving seat to win this group, but three points would leave them sitting far more comfortably as they would open up a five point lead over second placed Slovakia. So there’s a lot at stake for the home side here, as well as pressure because a defeat would see them fall to second place. So far at home England have beaten Scotland, Lithuania, and Malta all to nil and England to win to nil at bet365 for this fixture is a price of 21/20 and not a bad price considering how tight games between these two have been. England took a 1-0 in over Slovakia in their first group meeting thanks to a 95th-minute goal from Adam Lallana and that was after their 0-0 draw at the European Championships last summer.
Slovakia are not an easy side to break down and under 2.5 goals at bet365 returns a price of 4/5. The Three Lions made hard work of beating Malta on the weekend, with a flourish of goals late on gave them a flattering 4-0 win. But it maintains their form and Harry Kane is 10/11 anytime goalscorer favourite for this one after getting on the scoresheet on Saturday. England have lost just one of their last 21 competitive fixtures, so they aren’t likely to lose this, but will they have enough creativity to break down what will be a stubborn opponent? In the bet365 correct score market, an England 1-0 result returns a price of 5/1. This will be just their third home game against Slovakia, having won the other two, the most recent being a 4-0 victory back in 2009 friendly against them. Slovakia are not going to make this easy for the home side because they have at least second place to play for in the group.
After losing their opening two qualifiers, Slovakia have put together a five match winning streak in the group. So they are carrying some form and they have won two of their three away games on the road, beating Lithuania and Malta and losing at Slovenia. They have conceded exactly one goal in each of their three away games in the group through which suggests England will get some kind of chance against them. The Slovakians do have quality in their ranks with Dinamo Bucharest striker Adam Nemec who is a quote of 5/1 in the anytime goalscorer market, and Marek Hamsik who is as 4/1 option. They have scored only one goal less than England have done in the group, but have conceded two more than England have. Will they be able to create chances though at Wembley? Both teams not score at bet365 is a price of 4/7.
England to win: This has to be the defining moment that it is set up to be for England. But it will probably be a tight game, as much as Gareth Southgate wants England to excite, it probably won’t happen. So look for a 1-0 home win.
3rd September 2017 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
England v Slovakia on Monday will see the Three Lions try and secure a place at Russia 2018. Three points at Wembley will probably get them there and as group winners as well. England’s qualification started with a tight 1-0 win out in Slovakia and that really set them on the road. England have only played Slovakia twice before on home soil and the Three Lions have won both of them. The most recent meeting in England was in 2009 in an International Friendly and England won that 4-0.
England have a W4 D1 record from the five previous games that they have played against Slovakia and they have not conceded in any of their last three against them. So England will be expected to deliver the goods on home soil and they are 1/3 with Paddy Power to take maximum points from the fixture. The Three Lions look set to march on towards the World Cup next summer with ease.
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2nd September 2017 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
England end this round of World cup qualifiers with a home game against Slovakia, in which they will be looking to make a strong statement. England beat Slovakia 1-0 away from home at the start of the qualification campaign, thanks to a 90th minute goal from Adam Lallana. That set the Three Lions on the path to Russia 2018 and another three points here will pretty much see them win the group as well.
There hasn’t been a lot of history between the two nations, just the five previous games and England hold a W4 D1 advantage from that head to head. Slovakia have failed to score in each of their last three matches against the Three Lions and lost heavily 4-0 in their last visit to England, which was a friendly back in March 2009. Online betting site Coral have ramped up the price of Dele Alli getting on the scoresheet for the Three Lions on Monday.
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2nd September 2017 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus