Slovakia v Spain | Betting Preview

Date: October 9, 2014
Venue: Štadión Pod Dubňom, Zilina, Slovakia
Time: 19:45 BST

Spain will undoubtedly qualify for Euro 2016 from Group C, and it’s likely a two horse race between Slovakia and Ukraine for the 2nd automatic spot.

The Slovakians got off to a great start in qualifying already with a 1-0 win over the Ukrainians, so can take heart from that, even if they don’t get any points here.

Form

Slovakia: W-W-L-W-W

Slovakia have won four of their last five matches, impressive form, albeit only one of those wins was in a competitive game. Their only loss came in a 1-0 defeat against Russia, and in fact the Russians are probably the highest quality of opposition, besides Ukraine, that they have faced recently.

Spain: L-L-W-L-W

Spain’s form looks a lot worse than Slovakia’s, as they have lost three and only won two of their last five games. But two of those losses came in their dreadful World Cup, and another was in a meaningless friendly against France. Their form picked up with a crushing 5-1 defeat of Macedonia, and it is quite possible for them to do that again against Slovakia.

Key Players

Slovakia: Martin Skrtel

Teams like to sit back against Spain, and if Slovakia are to do that, Slovakia’s defenders will be the key to this match. Martin Skrtel, the experienced Liverpool defender, will be looking to stop anybody from breaking through the Slovakian back line.

Spain: David Silva

David Silva was incredibly impressive against Macedonia, and will be the key playmaker against Slovakia. All of the chances will likely come through him, and he will be key to feeding the likes of Diego Costa and Pedro up top.

Betting Advice

Slovakia does have some talented footballers – the likes of Martin Skrtel, Miroslav Stoch, and Marek Hamsik, but Spain, who are 1.4 with bet365 to win this, will just have way too much for them.

Slovakia will be more challenging for them than Macedonia, but Spain can be expected to score a few without any in return – William Hill offer 1.61 for both teams to NOT score i.e. a Spain Clean Sheet.