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
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